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Bengaluru man whose communal FB post sparked clashes arrested, 2 killed, Sec 144 imposed: 10 points

Bengaluru violence: A Facebook post laced with communal remarks sparked violent clashes in Bengaluru on Tuesday night in which a mob vandalised a police station and the residence of a Congress MLA. Two people have been killed while 60 police personnel have been left injured after being attacked by the mob.
The mob vandalised a police station in the Bengaluru locality and clashed with police personnel. (Image: ANI)

AFacebook post laced with communal remarks sparked violent clashes in Bengaluru on Tuesday night in which a mob vandalised a police station and the residence of a Congress MLA. Two people have been killed while 60 police personnel have been left injured after being attacked by the mob.

After night-long tension following the arson and vandalism in the DJ Halli area of Bengaluru, police said Naveen, whose social media post sparked the vandalism has been arrested.

Top developments on Bengaluru clashes:

1. Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said, “Accused Naveen has been arrested for sharing derogatory posts on social media.” It was alleged by the mob that the post was made by a relative of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy.

2. The mob gathered near the residence of the Congress MLA on Tuesday night and vandalised the house along with vehicles that were parked outside. The mob then went on to vandalise the nearby police station believing the cops are hiding the accused man who shared the post inside the station

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said, “Around 60 police personnel including an Additional Commissioner of Police injured in clashes that broke out over an alleged inciting social media post in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station areas.”

4. As the police teams tried to control the mob from damaging property and setting things on fire, the mob rampaged through the locality. Around 10-15 cars were set on fire in the area while a part of the MLA’s residence was also damaged.

6. Two people were killed in police firing in Bengaluru and the situation was finally brought under control around 2 am. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said riots and arson are against law and warned the rioters that he has given police a free hand to contain the violence.

7. A total of 110 people have been arrested so far for vandalism and attacking police personnel during the violence that broke out in DG Halli locality in Bengaluru.

8. Restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC have been imposed in Bengaluru and curfew has been imposed in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits of the city.

9. As the rioters run amok, Congress MLA Murthy appealed for peace and released a video message. He said an entire community should not resort to violence over the fault committed by some miscreants. “There is no need to fight. We all are brothers. We will get the person punished as per law. We will also be with you,” the MLA said in a video message.

10. Former minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan said the violence was unfortunate. “I am hopeful that police will take action against all those who are responsible for this. I also request everyone to stay calm and maintain peace in the area,” Khan tweeted.