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Violence in Bengaluru leaves 3 dead, 110 arrested

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Following a violence that broke out in east Bengaluru on Tuesday night, three people were killed in police firing. Also, 60 policemen were injured in the violence that erupted due to a Facebook post by the relative of a Congress MLA.

So far, 110 people have been arrested for violence, assault on police personnel and stone-pelting.

Mob rampage

The rioters set over 20 cars on fire and surrounded Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house in the city. Notably, the MLA’s nephew Naveen had allegedly posted the controversial message and has been arrested.

Over 200 bikes kept at a police station were set on fire and a police station was damaged in the violence.

Violence in DG Halli and KG Halli

The incident took place in the DG Halli and KG Halli areas of the city. The mob rampage went out of control in these areas. As a result, the police had to use lathi-charge, tear gas and firing to quell the mob.

“DG Halli and KG Halli saw violent incidents. To bring this under control, police used lathi-charge, tear gas and firing. Police Commissioner went to the spot. Police bandobast is in place. Strict action will be taken against those offenders,” the Bengaluru police posted on Twitter.

Situation under control

Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said the situation has been brought under control. A curfew has been imposed in the violence-hit areas of DG Halli and KG Halli till Thursday morning. Large gatherings have been banned in the rest of Bengaluru city.

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At least one journalist was injured after being hit by the police while reporting on the violence.

CM condemns violence

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa condemned the attack and said strict action would be taken against those involved in the violence.

Karnataka home minister Basavaraj Bommai also released a video message, saying people should not take law into their own hands.

He condemned the incidents of arson and looting. He said additional police forces had been sent to the worst-hit areas. In fact, the police had been given a free hand to bring the situation under control, he said.

 

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