NEW DELHI (AP) — A minimum of three folks have been killed within the southern Indian metropolis of Bengaluru when police clashed with tons of of Muslims who attacked a police station and set hearth to automobiles throughout a protest over a Fb 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 an area 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 least 60 law enforcement officials have been injured within the violence Tuesday evening in Bengaluru, often known as Bangalore.
He stated police fired dwell ammunition in self protection to disperse the gang after initially utilizing tear fuel and batons.
Pant stated the particular person accountable for the Fb publish was arrested and a regulation 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 is not going to 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, have been killed.