NEW DELHI: Three people were killed on Wednesday after police opened fire to quell a mob that went on a rampage in Bengaluru’s
following a derogatory social media post allegedly put out by a Congress legislator’s relative. Scores, including around 50 policemen, were injured in the
that erupted on Tuesday night and continued till the wee hours of Wednesday. At least 146 people have been arrested so far in connection with the rioting.
Here are the top developments:
CRPF being deployed in violence-hit areas; situation under control
home minister Basavaraj Bommai said six companies of the Central Reserve Police Force are being dispatched to the violence-hit areas of Bengaluru.
Three companies from Hyderabad and three from Chennai will be deployed in DG Halli and K G Halli police station limits where disturbances occurred Tuesday night.
He said efforts to vitiate the atmosphere in society through hooliganism which will not be tolerated. Restoration of peace is the priority of the government and strict action will be taken against such elements, he said.
He said the situation is now under control and additional police forces are deployed in the area.
Karnataka govt will deal with rioters with iron hand: MinisterTerming the violence in the city as a ‘well planned act,’ Karnataka revenue minister R Ashoka said the ‘traitors,’ who perpetrated the riots, would be dealt with an iron hand and steps would be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy at Vidhana Soudha, Ashoka said, “The manner in which the riots were perpetrated shows that it was a well planned act and was intended to spread to other parts of the city. These are traitors and we will subdue them.”
‘Will recover losses from rioters’
The Karnataka government has decided to conduct a probe by the District Magistrate into the violence that broke out in Bengaluru.
The government has also decided to recover the losses arising from damage to public property during the violence from the rioters, home minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
“It has been decided in a meeting with chief minister with senior officials that district magistrate will hold an inquiry into the incident as per the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission. So far, 146 people have been arrested,” Bommai said.
BJP accuses Congress of not being ‘vocal’ against riotersPolitics over the violence also played out during the day with the ruling BJP accusing the Congress of not being “vocal” against the rioters who attacked its legislator. It said “appeasement” seemed to be the official policy of the Congress.
The BJP also said chief minister B S Yediyurappa must make the rioters pay heavily for destruction of properties.
“Shameful n disgusting! Karnataka Congress is silent on yesterday’s vandalism in Bengaluru. Pseudos are also not vocal against this riot! Freedom from fear of riots is what B’luru needs now. Sri B S Yediyurappa must make rioters pay heavily for destruction of properties.#SaveBengaluru,” BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao tweeted.
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