Three people were killed and dozens were injured, including police, after violent protests broke out outside a police station in Bengaluru, India.
Police said on Wednesday police said a wave of outrage had flared up by a provocator – who was linked to a local politician – accused of posting content offending the prophet Mohammed.
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Rioters burned public vehicles and police cars, stoned and attacked the home of the married politician at the center of the allegations. Police said the post had been deleted and the person believed to be responsible for it was arrested.
Senior police officer Kamal Pant said: “Three people died in the police action and more than 110 people were arrested for attacking the police station. At least 60 police officers were injured during Tuesday night’s violence in Bengaluru, also known as Bangalore.
Pant said police fired real bullets in self-defense to disperse the crowd after initially using tear gas and batons.
Authorities subsequently banned crowds and increased security across the city.
“Everything’s in peace,” Pant said.
Muslims and Hindus across India have a long history of tension and violence that has returned in recent years, rooted in policies under Hindu nationalist government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in power since 2014.
Meanwhile, the Muslim leaders urged angry groups to stop Tuesday’s uprising and maintain peace.
Violence in southern India comes months after community riots in the nation’s capital New Delhi, in which more than 55 people, mostly Muslims, have died.
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Associated Press contributed to this report.