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A mob that went on rampage near Pulikeshinagar MLA’s house wanted to kill his nephew over an allegedly incendiary social media post, an FIR lodged over Tuesday night’s violence has said. The FIR added that the mob also tried to snatch weapons from policemen.

Three people were killed and more than 65 injured when police opened fire to quell the mob. Around 146 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence that continued into the wee hours of Wednesday. Vehicles were damaged and set on fire near Pulikeshinagar MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy’s residence and a police station at DJ Halli.

According to the FIR, “600 to 800 people” gathered “with weapons” in violation of the Covid-19 lockdown outside the DJ Halli police station. They shouted abusive slogans against the police, saying they were not letting the mob “kill the man who made derogatory comments about our religion”, the FIR said. It further alleged that the mob assaulted policemen who blocked their way and torched government and private vehicles at the station.

Some policemen were harmed and attempted to lathi-charge the group however couldn't control the mob. In the wake of illuminating higher authorities, the policemen discharged two admonition shots noticeable all around. The mob turned more fierce and burnt public property in close by regions utilizing petroleum, the FIR said. It included that some in the mob utilized sticks, stones, clubs and poles to damage public property, and attempted to enter the police station with petroleum in containers and plastic packs.

It was also announced twice that Section 144 was in place in the area and the gathering was illegal. The FIR said that just when the mob started to disperse, some of them tried to snatch police weapons. It was then that the police fired in self-defence, the FIR lodged at KG Halli Police Station said.

Prohibitory orders were imposed in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits soon after and will continue till 6 am on August 15.

News Channel Says, Commissioner Kamal Pant said a total of five cases have been registered in this regard. While four pertain to the violence, one case was lodged over the social media post by the MLA’s nephew.
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