Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has informed that directives have been issued to take strict action against accused of Bengaluru violence and asserted that the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation.
While appealing people to maintain peace, he also said that violence against journalists, police and people last night was unacceptable.
The CM statement according to a report by a news agency, comes after a mob rampaged through Bengaluru’s Pulakeshi Nagar on Tuesday night and vandalised a police station and a Congress legislator’s residence after an alleged relative of the MLA shared a social media post purportedly on a communal issue, police said. Three persons died and around 60 police personnel sustained injuries during the clashes, the police said.
Karnataka: DJ Halli Police Station in Bengaluru city vandalised last night, as violence broke out over an alleged inciting social media post.
Sec 144 imposed in city, curfew in DJ Halli & KG Halli police station limits. At least 3 dead, 110 arrested, 60 Police personnel injured. pic.twitter.com/FVgUIanWgd
— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2020
“The miscreants in the DJ Halli police station has led to the assault and rioting at MLA Akhand Srinivasa’s house and police station. Already, directives have been issued against the perpetrators and the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation,” he tweeted (roughly translated from Kannada).
“The attack on journalists, the police and the public in the riot last night was unacceptable. The government will not tolerate such provocations and rumours. Strict action against perpetrators is certain. I appeal to people to maintain peace and act with restraint and without panic,” the Chief Minister said in another tweeted.
Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s nephew was arrested for allegedly sharing a ‘derogatory’ post on social media that triggered violence in the city last night in which two persons died and around 60 police personnel sustained injuries.
110 accused of arson, stone-pelting, and assault on the police have been arrested in connection with the violence.
The police said that accused Naveen has been arrested allegedly for posting derogatory posts. Murthy’s house was also vandalised by miscreants following the social media post by his nephew Naveen.
Residence of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy was also attacked after the violence broke out. Section 144 has been imposed in the entire Bangalore city while curfew has been imposed in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits.
Reacting to the incident, Congress state president K Shivakumar said to ANI, I strongly condemn the incident and our party also condemns whatever happened last night. It happened due to a person’s post on social media. At this point, it is important to maintain peace.