Three people have been confirmed dead in clashes with police after a ‘derogatory’ Facebook post about Islam’s Prophet Mohammed sparked riots in the Indian city of Bangalore on Tuesday night, August 8.
According to him, 60 officers were injured as a group of angry protesters attacked a police station, set vehicles on fire, and burnt down the house of a local lawmaker whose nephew was responsible for the social media post.
Police Commissioner Kamal Pant who confirmed the report said;
“Despite elders of the community trying to pacify the crowd, the mob burnt vehicles on the road, they attacked the police station,’
The police had no escape and they had to resort to firing and three people died.”
Pant added that 110 people had been arrested for alleged vandalism and attacking the police.
He also noted that P Naveen, a relative of Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy who is allegedly responsible for the offensive post has been arrested and that the post has since been deleted.
However, Naveen later claimed he wasn’t the one that made the ppost about Prophet Mohammed as his account was hacked.
He added that he would file a complaint.
“For the fault of some miscreants, let us not fight among ourselves. Whoever has done that, let police and government take action legally. I am also with you to see that whoever it is, is punished. Please maintain calm.” he said.
Congress Party lawmaker Dinesh Gundu Rao said on Twitter;
“What was written about the Prophet is the working of a sick mind with an intention to create violence,’.
It is highly objectionable and such statements about any person revered by any community needs to be handled in the strictest way possible by the authorities.”
Meanwhile, Police have imposed an emergency law prohibiting gatherings in Bengaluru, a city of 12 million people best known as India’s Silicon Valley.
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