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3 killed in Bengaluru violence; over 100 arrested

Police firing killed three persons after a violence broke out in Bengaluru on Tuesday night over a Facebook message posted allegedly by relatives of a Congress MLA, reports NDTV.

According to the reports, 60 policemen were also injured and 110 people have been arrested for violence, stone-pelting and assault on police personnel.

Protesters set around two dozen cars on fire and surrounded Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s house in the Karnataka capital. Mr Murthy’s nephew Naveen, who allegedly posted the message on Facebook, has been arrested.

The police resorted to lathi-charge, tear gas and firing to disperse the violent crowd. The incidents, the report said, took place in the DG Halli and KG Halli areas in the eastern part of Bengaluru.

“DG Halli and KG Halli saw violent incidents. To bring this under control, police used lathi charge, tear gas and firing. The 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.

The report added that 200 bikes kept at a police station were set on fire and a police station was damaged in the violence.

Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said the situation has been brought under control.

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