The imposition of Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in areas under DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits has been extended till 6 am on August 15, Bengaluru Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant said on Wednesday.
Section 144 prohibits the gathering of four or more people at a place.
Earlier on Wednesday, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that a district magistrate will hold an inquiry into Tuesday’s violence in Bengaluru and said so far 146 people have been arrested.
“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 told ANI.
The arrested persons have been accused of arson, stone-pelting and assault on the police. The police said that accused Naveen has been arrested allegedly for posting “derogatory” material on social media.
Residence of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy was also attacked after the violence broke out. Section 144 had been imposed in the entire Bengaluru city on Wednesday.
At least 110 rioters have been arrested for the violence that broke out in Kaval Byrasandra, D.J. Halli, protesting against an alleged inflammatory social media post by a relative of Congress MLA R. Akhanda Srinivasamurthy on Tuesday late night.
Naveen P, the nephew Mr Srinivasamurthy, who allegedly put up an inflammatory post on Facebook has been arrested. Nearly 60 policemen and at least one press person were also injured during the riots. Police have now clamped down a curfew in the area.
Tension prevailed on Tuesday night after the post went viral in the area and soon people started gathering in front of the MLA’s house protesting against the post. The MLA was not at home even as the mob pelted stones at his house and later set portions of it on fire. The police rushed to the spot and picked up Naveen even as the mob of about 1,000 demanded he is handed over to them, police officials said.
The mob accused the police of “rescuing” Naveen and soon turned against them, which spread the flashpoints of the violence to other parts of the area.