Bengaluru violence: 3 killed after police open fire to quell the mob
Three people were killed after police opened fire to quell a mob that went on a rampage, irked over a social media post allegedly put out by a Congress legislator’s relative.
Scores of persons, including around 50 policemen, were injured in the violence that erupted on Tuesday night and continued till the wee hours of Wednesday, apparently prompted by the ‘communally sensitive’ online post.
The Congress MLA’s residence and a police station were among those targeted by the angry mob, prompting the government to issue a stern warning that rioting and law and order issues will not be tolerated.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said the “attack on the residence of MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy and the DJ Halli police station and riot are condemn able.”
“Already given directions to initiate stringent action against the criminals (and) the government has initiated all the measures to contain violence,” he said.
The attack on police, media persons and common citizens was unpardonable. The government will not tolerate such instigation and mischief, he added.
On Tuesday night, irked by the social media post, hundreds of people went on a rampage and set DJ Halli police station on fire.
They torched many police and private vehicles, smashed the belongings of MLA Murthy and those of his sister. An ATM was smashed into pieces.
To disperse the mob, police resorted to lathi charge, lobbed tear gas shells and later opened fire, killing three people.