Violence in Bengaluru after Congress MLA's social media post on Prophet Muhammad

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Screen grab from a video of violence in Bengaluru
Screen grab from a video of violence in Bengaluru

Bengaluru : Several cases of violence have been reported in the eastern part of Bengaluru after a Congress MLA made a social media post on Prophet Muhammad.

Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy's house was surrounded by several protesters, while many vehicles were torched in other parts of the city.

The Bengaluru Police had to lathi-charge and use tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

"DG Halli and KG Halli saw violent incidents. To bring this under control, police used lathi charge, tear gas and firing. Police Commissioner went to the spot. Police bandobast is in place. Strict action will be taken against those offenders," the Bengaluru police posted on Twitter.

Later, MLA Murthy releases a video asking his supporters to maintain peace and stay away from violence.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai also released a video message, saying people should not take law into their own hands.

He also mentioned that the police has been given a free hand to take control of the situation.

"Horrible situation in Pulakeshinagar after the attack on our MLA @AkhandaSrinivas house and the Kaval Byrsandra Polcie satiation. Whatever the provocation nobody can take law into their own hands and destroy public property," senior Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao said on Twitter.