When the nephew of Congressman R. Akhanda Srinvasa Murthy allegedly shared something derogatory about the Islamic Prophet Mohammed on social media, the post initially went viral causing a large group of “offended” Muslims to gather at the legislator’s residence, demanding the nephew be arrested.
BreitbartWhen police refused, the Muslims got violent, leading to the killing of 3 protesters and injuries to 60 police officers. What’s more, the police station was attacked and 200 vehicles were torched. Three members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) – a political group linked to the Islamofascist Popular Front Of India – was charged with rioting and inciting violence.
Both Indian and foreign media have been reluctant to quote exactly what the post said, but its author was identified by Al Jazeera News as a man named “Naveen” whose uncle is R. Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, a member of the legislative assembly. Naveen was arrested and the Facebook post deleted, while Murthy’s home was attacked and damaged when the demonstration turned violent.
Police struggled to contain the situation, especially after the mob broke into two local police stations. Bengaluru’s police commissioner said his officers “had no escape, and they had to resort to firing, and three people died.” All three were reportedly Muslim males between the ages of 19 and 21.
The Times of India said the area around Murthy’s residence “resembled a war zone on Wednesday,” with “charred vehicles, shards of glass from broken windows, stones, and bricks” scattered across the deserted roads. Many of the destroyed vehicles belonged to the police.
Reuters described the streets “lined with burnt vehicles” and shops forced to close by the riot, which stunned local eyewitnesses with its speed and ferocity. Muslim protesters reportedly blocked fire trucks and other emergency vehicles that attempted to respond to the blazes, and they attacked journalists who tried to cover the event.