Police opened fire after constable was stabbed in Shivajinagar in Bangalore
BANGALORE: A boy was killed and three people were injured when the police opened fire to disperse a mob in Shivajinagar in the city on Sunday. The incidents were a fallout of the communal violence that broke out in Bharathinagar on Friday.
On Sunday, around 20 houses, five shops and two dozen vehicles were set on fire in Shivajinagar, Bharathinagar, Ulsoor and Commercial Street police station limits. The condition of four persons, who were attacked with choppers and iron rods, is critical. Several people were injured in stone throwing, the police said.
While the police have clamped night curfew in Bharathinagar police station limits, which witnessed large-scale violence for the third day on Sunday, prohibitory orders will be in force in Shivajinagar, Ulsoor, Fraser Town, Commercial Street, Kadugondanahalli, Devarajeevanhalli areas till Tuesday midnight.
Commissioner of Police Neelam Achuta Rao said the police opened fire after a mob stabbed a constable on Sultan Gunte Road in Shivajinagar. The identity of the boy, aged around 12, who was killed in the firing was yet to be ascertained, he said.
The violence that broke out in the afternoon continued till late in the evening. The police said the trouble started when a large number of people who came in a procession from Nagavara to attend the Viraat Hindu Samajotsava in Ulsoor turned unruly. They allegedly stoned houses in Cox Town.
Trouble broke out on Kamaraj Road when some people stoned houses and shops while a procession was passing through. This resulted in a clash between two groups following which violence spread to Bamboo Bazaar, Seppings Road, Narayana Pillai Street, OPH Road, Commercial Street, Gangadhara Chetty Road and Thimmaiah Road.
The police lobbed tear gas shells and fired in the air on Seppings Road.
The situation remained tense. Arsonists torched three buses, eight autorickshaws, two vans and over a dozen two-wheelers in these areas.
The windscreens of cars, jeeps and buses were damaged. Fire tenders had a tough time reaching the spots. Shops and business establishments in the areas remained closed.
In Bharathinagar, women allegedly threw chilly powder on policemen when they tried to catch the miscreants who had taken refuge in the houses.
Earlier in the day, Home Minister M.P. Prakash, accompanied by the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police K.R. Srinivasan and the Commissioner of Police, visited the areas that witnessed violence on Friday and Saturday.