OdishaPlus Bureau

The imposition of Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in areas under DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits has been extended till 6 am on August 15, Bengaluru Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant said on Wednesday. Section 144 prohibits the gathering of four or more people at a place.

Earlier on Wednesday, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that a district magistrate will hold an inquiry into Tuesday’s violence in Bengaluru and said so far 146 people have been arrested.

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai

The arrested persons have been accused of arson, stone-pelting and assault on the police. The police said that accused Naveen has been arrested allegedly for posting “derogatory” material on social media. Residence of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy was also attacked after the violence broke out.

A violent mob rampaged through Bengaluru’s Pulakeshi Nagar on Tuesday night and vandalized two police stations and the residence of Congress MLA Akhand Srinivas Murthy whose nephew allegedly shared an insulting Facebook post against Prophet Mohammad.

At least three people were killed after the police opened fire on the rioters to bring situation under control. Several, including 60 cops, were injured in the violence which resulted in the damage of many vehicles too. The violence is stated to have been incited by SDPI, the political arm of the Islamic fundamentalist organization PFI. SDPI’s local leader has been arrested for his involvement in the violence. The police have so far arrested 150 rioters including the Social Democratic Party of India’s local leader Muzammil Pasha.