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A timeline of how violent protests in Bengaluru killed three, and led to the arrest of 145 people over a Facebook post

A timeline of how violent protests in Bengaluru killed three, and led to the arrest of 145 people over a Facebook post
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  • Bengaluru police have imposed section 144 — which bars gathering of more than four people — after violent protests killed three people.
  • Hundreds of people went on a rampage, after 8 pm in the night, following a “derogatory” social media post that insulted Prophet Mohammed.
  • Over a hundred people were arrested for arson, stone-throwing and assault on police, reported Reuters news agency
Violent mob attack over an alleged offensive Facebook post in India’s tech hub, Bengaluru, has claimed three lives. Over hundred and forty people were arrested for arson, stone-throwing and assault on police, reported Reuters news agency

Several people, including sixty policemen, suffered injury due to violent protests that broke out near Congress leader R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy house in east Bengaluru. Local police authorities have said that the accused have been already arrested and are now requesting people to maintain the decorum of the city. Moreover, the police have also imposed section 144 — which bars gathering of more than four people — in the city. A curfew has been imposed in DJ Halli, KG Halli and Kavalbyrasandra area.


Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant told media that “the situation was under control.”

On August 11, the nephew of Congress leader R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy posted an “offensive post” about Prophet Mohammed, which hurt the religious sentiments of the Islamic community. The post has since been deleted.

On August 11, the nephew of Congress leader R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy posted an “offensive post” about Prophet Mohammed, which hurt the religious sentiments of the Islamic community. The post has since been deleted.
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Soon after the post went viral, hundreds of people went on a rampage, after 8 pm in the night. The mob attacked the DJ Halli police station, set ablaze vehicles, and destroyed the furniture.

Soon after the post went viral, hundreds of people went on a rampage, after 8 pm in the night. The mob attacked the DJ Halli police station, set ablaze vehicles, and destroyed the furniture.
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Within an hour, protestors reportedly torched many police and private vehicles, smashed the belongings of MLA Murthy and those of his sister. An ATM was smashed into pieces.

Within an hour, protestors reportedly torched many police and private vehicles, smashed the belongings of MLA Murthy and those of his sister. An ATM was smashed into pieces.
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The protestors also blocked fire engines to enter the area and douse the fire, reported News Minute.

The protestors also blocked fire engines to enter the area and douse the fire, reported News Minute.
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Protestors tried to lodge an FIR against Naveen but were reportedly denied. They then started shouting slogans, pelting stones and torching vehicles near the KG Halli police station.

Protestors tried to lodge an FIR against Naveen but were reportedly denied. They then started shouting slogans, pelting stones and torching vehicles near the KG Halli police station.
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Two hours after the protest, local police authorities resorted to lathi-charge, lobbed tear gas shells, and later opened fire to control the violent protest. Naveen, the accused, removed the post from his Facebook account and claimed that his account was hacked.

Two hours after the protest, local police authorities resorted to lathi-charge, lobbed tear gas shells, and later opened fire to control the violent protest. Naveen, the accused, removed the post from his Facebook account and claimed that his account was hacked.
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The police were later given a “freehand” to control the crowd of violent attacks that lasted till early morning.

The police were later given a “freehand” to control the crowd of violent attacks that lasted till early morning.
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A group entered a basement area, where 200-250 vehicles were set on fire, said Kamal Pant, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner

A group entered a basement area, where 200-250 vehicles were set on fire, said Kamal Pant, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner
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