Two dead, hundreds arrested over derogatory post by Karnataka MLA’s relative

On Tuesday, around 8 PM an angry mob attacked Karnataka MLA Akhanda Srinivas’s residence after a derogatory post about the Prophet was shared by his relative on Facebook.

According to sources, the aggrieved had tried to file an FIR against the accused but the police had refused to entertain them. Subsequently they decided to take the law into their own hands.

The MLA was not at his residence when the aftermath unfolded. Minutes after the mob gathered outside his house, he shared a video urging people to maintain peace. He further assured them that the perpetuator will be arrested.  

Karnataka Home Minister, Basavaraj Bommai has also promised justice while urging people to not indulge in violence and vandalism.”

At least 2 people have died in the clash whereas 110 were arrested. In addition about 60 police officers were also injured. The city police have confirmed using tear gas and lathi charge in an attempt to bring the situation under control. 

A police statement read,” Unfortunate incidents took place within the limits of DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations. The police have resorted to lathicharge, tear gas and bullets to keep the situation under control,”

Meanwhile, section 144 has been imposed in bengaluru  while a curfew has been imposed DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits.

The accused (Naveen) has been arrested. However, he claims that his social media handle was hacked and he wasn’t aware of the “derogatory” post that was shared.

Religious leader, Mufti PM Muzammil of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind condemned the violence and has insisted the masses to be patient while the law handles the situation. 

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