BENGALURU: At least three people have died after police opened fire in attempts to quell violence that erupted at about 7pm Tuesday and went on for at least five hours in East Bengaluru, while 110 have been arrested as of Wednesday morning.
By Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed that Muzamill Pasha and six others from the
(SDPI) have also been detained for questioning. Until late last night, there was confirmation of one death, but the police have now confirmed two more deaths.
The violence erupted after a close relative of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy had put out a post on
. Reacting to the FB post, a mob gathered in front of the MLA’s house and set two cars on fire at around 7pm.
Bengaluru violence live: SDPI leader detainedAccording to the police, groups of protesters went around and forced shopkeepers to shut shops in Pulakeshinagar, Bharatinagar, Commercial Street and Tannery Road. Vehicle tyres were set on fire and placed at several places on Tannery Road. A fire tender was also damaged.
Quick Edit: Cops must take action in B’luru violenceAround 150 armed police personnel from the east division were pressed into service as of last night, as senior police officials’ attempt — including efforts by deputy commissioner of police (east) SD Sharanappa’s — to pacify the mob was futile.
Two huge mobs gathered in front of the KG Halli and DJ Halli police stations, the basement of the latter was set on fire. The police said that a portion of Murthy’s house in Kavalbyrasandra was also set ablaze by the mob that burnt down tens of vehicles, the details of which are being collated.
The mob last night had demanded that the police immediately place Srinivasamurthy’s relative — identified as Naveen P — under arrest. There was no confirmation on whether Naveen has been taken into custody.
After the attack on Srinivasamurthy’s house, the mob fought pitched battles with the police, and set ablaze several vehicles and the cops said that a team led by city commissioner Kamal Pant was even attacked with stones. Scores of policemen and several protesters