Violence broke out in Pulakeshinagar after an angry mob,disturbed over a derogatory post uploaded on social media by a relative of MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy on Tuesday night, went on a rampage. The mob gathered outside the MLA’s house and burnt down the vehicles parked outside his house in Kaval Byrasandra. The post is said to have triggered communal violence in East Bengaluru.
Around 1,000 people gathered outside the KG Halli
police station demanding the police take immediate action against the MLA’s relative, P Naveen for uploading the post on social media.
Around 600 people gathered outside the MLA’s house and vandalised the vehicles parked outside and set them ablaze.
The police are trying to bring the situation under control.
According to the sources, after Naveen posted the derogatory image on social media, a group of people visited the police station to file a complaint against him where the police allegedly asked them to talk and sort it out.
Angry over this response, the mob gathered outside the police station and started protesting against the police asking them to take immediate action.
Meanwhile, another group of people started burning down the vehicles parked outside the MLA’s house. Fire tenders were immediately rushed to the spot but the mob did not let the vehicle pass through.
An official from fire and emergency said, “The mob did not did not let our vehicle inside and vandalised our vehicle and the vehicle had to be parked nearby in RT Nagar police station. The mob has burnt down two cars, five bikes and an auto.
A senior officer said that Naveen has been detained by the police for questioning where he has stated that his social media account was hacked. Senior police officials including city police commissioner Kamal Pant visited the spot on Tuesday night.