BENGALURU situation brought under control after riots

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NORMALCY returned to Bengaluru following outright condemnation of violence by leaders cutting across political lines. A mob went on a rampage and unleashed extreme violence in the cyber city on Tuesday evening over a Facebook post that was allegedly derogatory to the minority community. Three persons were killed while two more were injured when police opened fire on the mob that went berserk, vandalising in Kadugondanahalli area in Bengaluru North. Curfew was clamped in the affected area which turned tense after the incident and the police have arrested over 110 people in KG Halli police station limits and another 34 people in the neighbouring Devara Jeevanahalli police station limits. City Police Commissioner Kamal Panth said that the situation was under control and police are verifying affiliation of people, who were involved in violence. The mob hit the streets near DJ Halli and KG Halli police station areas and attacked a Congress MLA’s house after one of his relatives had allegedly made a derogatory Facebook post. Over 100 people had gathered around the residence of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy representing Pulikeshinagar constituency reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC). The mob, armed with sticks, iron rods, sharp metal objects and other weapons, went berserk and barged into the house of the MLA. The angry people pelted stones and began to torch vehicles, ATMs, shops near the locality.  The angry mob, armed with sticks, iron rods, sharp metal objects and other weapons, went berserk and barged into the house of the MLA. The Deccan Chronicle says besides torching the house of MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy, the angry burnt cars and damaged properties. While the three-storied house of the MLA was completely gutted, his cars, two-wheelers parked near the house were set ablaze. Besides, many vehicles parked on the roadside in the area and houses were attacked.
The mob also attacked neighbouring Devara Jeevanahalli Police Station. Police said that the MLA and his family members were not in the house when the attack took place. The mob went inside the house and torched everything. The police have arrested Naveen, who had posted derogatory comments.The accused said that he had lost his mobile phone and he did not post the comments which seem to have hurt the religious sentiments of people.

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