At least three people have been killed in riots after an alleged blasphemous Facebook post about the Prophet Muhammed triggered riots in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, authorities said on Wednesday.
Police clashed with thousands of protesters on Tuesday, tear-gassing crowds and opening fire with live ammunition.
Local media reports that two people killed in the riots had died of gunshot wounds.
Three people were critically injured during Tuesday’ evening’s violence and at least one reporter was injured, police told French news agency AFP.
At least 60 officers were injured as angry crowds attacked a police station, set vehicles on fire and burnt down the house of a Bangalore lawmaker whose nephew was allegedly responsible for the Facebook post.
Rioters set vehicles on fire and attacked a police station
Local media showed protesters shouting slogans at the police station and outside the politician’s home.
Bangalore police commissioner Kamal Pant wrote on Twitter that the nephew had been arrested for the post, along with 110 others for rioting, stone pelting and arson.
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mvb/rt (AFP, EFE)