Violent Protests Break Out

Aug 13, 2020

At approximately 1900 local time (1330 UTC) on 11 August 2020, violent protests broke out in the eastern Kaval Byrasandra area of Bengaluru (Bangalore), the state capital of Karnataka. Police officers deployed live ammunition, tear gas and baton charges to disperse several thousand demonstrators after they set fire to vehicles outside the DJ Halli police station as well as a legislator’s home. Demonstrators initially gathered at – and vandalized — the home of a legislator whose relative allegedly made a social media post that protesters believed was insulting to the Prophet Mohamed. Protesters then marched to the DJ Halli police station to demand that police officials arrest the man who had made the social media post. The demonstrators also reportedly damaged shops in Pulakeshinagar, Bharatinagar, Commercial Street and Tannery Road areas. Authorities imposed a curfew in the immediate area of the rioting and limited the number of people allowed at public gatherings. Police officers had the situation under control by 0000 local time on 12 August. At least three people were killed in the violence and 60 police officers were injured. Authorities arrested 149 people.

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