BENGALURU: Two persons were killed and
were injured as violence erupted in east Bengaluru and police opened fire, burst tear-gas shells and lathi-charged
that attacked K G Halli and DJ Halli police stations late Tuesday night.
The mobs attacked a politician’s house in Kavalbyrasandra, fought pitched battles with police, and set
. A police team lead by
was attacked with stones. Scores of policemen including and several protestors too were injured in the violence.
With mobs erecting blockades on several roads leading to KG Halli and DJ Halli stations, additional police reinforcements had a
reaching the them.
A KSRP van heading to KG Halli station was attacked and stones were rained on the personnel, prompting pice to open fire.
City police commissioner Kamal Pant said a mob hurled stones and bottles on police and blocked their way. “Without choice, we were forced to fire in air. At least 60 police officials are injured,” Pant said
A curfew has been imposed in areas under KG Halli, DJ Halli, Bharathinagar, Pulikeshinagar and Banaswadi police stations. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC have been clamped on the entire Bengaluru City.
Police said the mobs were furious over an alleged social-media post by a close relative of the politician. That person deleted the post, claiming his account had been hacked into. He was whisked away for questioning.
The trouble began around 7pm when a mob gathered in front of the politician’s house and set two cars on fire. Around 150 armed police personnel from the east division were pressed into service. Senior police officials, including deputy commissioner of police (east) SD Sharanappa, tried to pacify the mob.
The mob split into groups. Groups of protesters went around and forced shopkeepers to down shutters 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.
Two huge mobs gathered in front of the KG Halli and DJ Halli police stations. “Police should arrest the accused immediately,” they demanded. They locked the gates of the stations fro