Three killed in Bangalore fight over Prophet Muhammad post

Three people have been killed in the Indian city of Bangalore after police shot on crowds protesting against an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post.

Dozens gathered outside the house of a local politician whose relative was alleged of making an “offensive” post about the Prophet Muhammad.

BBC said they set fire to vehicles and attacked policemen who arrived on the scene with stones, police told BBC Hindi.

Police in the city have taken into custody the man, and also 110 others who were in the crowd.

City commissioner Kamal Pant said that at least 60 policemen including senior officers were injured in the violence on Tuesday night. Curfew was also imposed in two police districts of the city, he said.

Meanwhile city police tweeted that the situation was “under control”, adding that personnel had fired live ammunition to disperse the crowd only after using tear gas and batons first.

The deaths were confirmed by the home minister of Karnataka state of which Bangalore is the capital.

“I appeal to my Muslim brethren not to fight over someone who has violated the law. Whatever be the matter, we are all brothers. Whoever is responsible we shall ensure that proper punishment is given to those responsible. I am with you,” it said.


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