3 killed in Bengaluru violence; 110 arrested for rioting over Facebook post

The Bengaluru Police have arrested 149 people in connection with the violence in the city over a Facebook post. Three people have so far died in the clashes on Wednesday after one more injured person succumbed to injuries sustained in Tuesday’s clashes.

Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said 60 cops, including an Additional Commissioner of Police, were injured while trying to control the violence in the DJ Halli and KG Halli areas. The police said they have arrested the man accused of sharing the controversial post which the protesters from the minority community say allegedly insulted a religious figure. The accused has been identified as Naveen who is the nephew of Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy. People familiar with the developments said that the youth has denied his role saying that his social media account was hacked.

Police officials said that protestors had rained bottles at a police van transporting police personnel to the affected area.

Property of the Congress Legislator from Pulakeshi Nagar constituency was attacked and vandalised while several police vehicles were damaged in the violence unleashed by the irate mob on Tuesday.