Three people have been killed in the police firing in Bengaluru where violent riots took place over a Facebook post that was allegedly derogatory against Prophet Muhammad.
The riots had over 60 police personnel injured and some of the journalists were also attacked. The Bengaluru City Police has taken over 100 people into custody in relation to the riots that happened in the East Bengaluru region. As the news traveled, many leaders across political parties have appealed to the citizens to maintain peace and do away with violence.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah took to Twitter to express his grievances and condemn the violence that occurred in the city. He wrote,
“I condemn both violent incidents that erupted in Kaval Byrsandra & also the social media post that instigated the mob. I humbly request both Hindus & Muslims of the area to stay calm, maintain peace & live in harmony. Our experience tells us that only innocents suffer in the communal riots. I urge leaders from both the religion to discuss and resolve the issue amicably & restore peace in the area.”
Backlash Against The Tweet
However, the leader was criticized for his tweet and for mentioning ‘Hindu’ in his tweet. One of the twitter user Arun Pudur said,
“I was focusing on Dalit because of the fake Jai Bhim Jai Meem pushed by Congress. I don’t see any difference between Dalit or Brahmin as it is a British construct, not ours. I am breaking his narrative of blaming Hindus or nothing.”
Here’s how others reacted on Twitter.
I condemn both violent incident that erupted in Kaval Byrsandra & also the social media post that instigated the mob.
I humbly request both Hindus & Muslims of the area to stay calm, maintain peace & live in harmony.
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) August 12, 2020
I was focusing on Dalit because of the fake Jai Bhim Jai Meem pushed by Congress.
I don't see any difference between Dalit or Brahmin as it is a British construct, not ours.
I am breaking his narrative of blaming Hindus for nothing.
— Arun Pudur (अरुन् पुदुर्) (@arunpudur) August 12, 2020
So, you mean Hindus should be clam while they being attacked ?. First tell us what Hindus did at the incident ?. https://t.co/CW75DDJblK
— RatnakaR (@TheRatanRoyal) August 12, 2020
What this really means…
"Muslims, stop rioting please, out 60 officers are injured already"
"Hindus, log out of your social media accounts…forever" https://t.co/9GLo5kuBhe
— Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) August 12, 2020
Cyber crime should be dealt with cyber laws & not by rioting!
HINDU’s didn’t do anything yet we are being dragged into this by sickular Political opportunists! https://t.co/sLGR3EXGRC
— Girish Bharadwaj | ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಭಾರದ್ವಾಜ (@Girishvhp) August 12, 2020
Your relatives are responsible for this violence. https://t.co/6Aa2K4XS0I
— srinathRamanna (@srinathramanna) August 12, 2020