Reacting to the violence which broke out in Bengaluru on Tuesday night over a derogatory social media post, Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday condemned the “communally provocative offensive post on social media”. Taking to Twitter, he appealed all to remain calm and peaceful. He said that the police must find out the source from which the post originated rather than taking cognisance of only those who shared it.
I strongly condemn Communally Provocative Offensive Post on Social Media which resulted in violence in Bengaluru. I appeal to all to remain calm and peaceful. Police must find out the Source from which the Post originated rather than take cognisance of only those who shared it.
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) August 12, 2020
‘Is this the new template?’
Meanwhile, BJP IT Cell head Amit Malviya said the violence which happened in Bengaluru has “an eerie” similarity with the riots in Delhi in February this year. He asked whether targeting the state, attacking the police, burning down assets of the establishment, unleashing planned chaos and anarchy in important Indian cities is the “new template”
Eerie similarity between Delhi riots and what happened in Bengaluru last night.
Target the state, attack police, burn down assets of the establishment, unleash planned chaos and anarchy in important Indian cities.
Is this the new template?
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) August 12, 2020
In connection with the incident, the Bengaluru Police have arrested 110 accused of arson, stone-pelting and assault on the police, said Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant. Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s nephew was also arrested for sharing a ‘derogatory’ post on social media that triggered violence in the city last night.
With regard to incidents in DJ Halli, accused Naveen arrested for posting derogatory posts.. also total 110 accused arrested for arson, stone pelting and assault on police. APPEAL TO ALL TO COOPERATE WITH POLICE TO MAINTAIN PEACE.
— Kamal Pant, IPS (@CPBlr) August 11, 2020
Three people have died and around 60 police personnel sustained injuries during the clashes, the police said. Curfew was imposed in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits after violence broke out in the area. Earlier, Murthy’s house was also vandalised by miscreants following the social media post by his nephew Naveen.
Karnataka: Violence broke out in Bengaluru last night over an alleged inciting social media post. 2 died, 110 arrested, around 60 Police personnel injured. As per Bengaluru Police Commissioner, accused Naveen arrested "for sharing derogatory post". Latest visuals from DJ Halli. pic.twitter.com/LKM8m0JuYx
— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2020