NEW DELHI —
At the very least three folks had been killed within the southern Indian metropolis of Bengaluru when police clashed with a whole bunch of Muslims who attacked a police station and set hearth to automobiles throughout a protest over a Facebook publish thought-about offensive to Islam, police stated Wednesday.
Senior police officer Kamal Pant stated the protesters burned public and police automobiles and attacked the home of a neighborhood politician whose relative was accused of posting remarks on-line reportedly involving the Prophet Muhammad. The publish has since been deleted, he stated.
“Three folks died within the police motion and greater than 110 folks have been arrested for attacking the police station,” Pant stated. He stated at the very least 60 law enforcement officials had been injured within the violence Tuesday night time in Bengaluru, often known as Bangalore.
He stated police fired reside ammunition in self protection to disperse the group after initially utilizing tear gasoline and batons.
Pant stated the particular person chargeable for the Facebook publish was arrested and a legislation prohibiting gatherings was imposed within the metropolis, with a heavy police presence in some areas.
“Issues are peaceable now,” he stated.
The violence flared when offended Muslims got here out on the streets and began protesting exterior the politician’s home and a police station. The protesters turned violent, stoning automobiles and setting them on hearth.
B.S. Yediyurappa, chief minister of Karnataka state, of which Bengaluru is the capital, directed police to take strict motion towards these concerned within the protest and appealed to the general public to keep up peace.
“The federal government won’t tolerate such provocations and rumors,” Yediyurappa stated.
The violence in southern India comes months after communal riots within the nationwide capital, New Delhi, wherein greater than 55 folks, principally Muslims, had been killed.