In devastating mob riots in Bengaluru on August 11 Tuesday, 70 cops and 30 civilians injured, leaving 3 dead with a total of 145 accused being arrested and the total mob participation of 1200 people.
The incident left the areas in curfew and a hostile situation in the nearby areas. It is a sudden serious incident which combines the political and communal angle.
The beginning of the incident starts with a derogatory post on Prophet Muhammad. Which was provocative in nature with meme content allegedly shared by the “nephew” of the Indian National Congress legislator Akhanda Srinivas Murthy.
As a result, a group of people gathered at the residence of the M.L.A Murthy and started protesting.
Within a short span of time, it turned violent leading to the complaints in police stations KG Halli and DJ Halli in Bengaluru.
The accused person of the provocative post-Naveen was targeted. The mobs gathered in a guerilla manner, leaving the control of the incident totally unpredictable.
They started firing the home and vehicles around to create the chaos. After this, as the police reached the incident place they ordered shoot out to control the situation. Which lead to the three deaths in the Casualty area.
Many of the witnessed people of the incident accused that it was a planned one depending on the attacker’s tackling ways. It was visible that it might circulate as a chain-like incident to spread in the other parts of the city.
It is suspected that the protest is supported by the SDPI – Social Democratic Party of India, which is an Islamist Fundamentalist party.
The police have arrested the Naveen, nephew of the Congress MLA- Mr.Murthy for the instigation allegations, and the rest 145 members who mostly belong to the SDPI.
Timeline of the Incident –
The sequence of the event begins at the 7:00 pm in the evening, where the mob reach to the M.L.A Mr.Murthy’s home and start protesting.
Within a few minutes Mob become angry and start pelting stones at the M.L.A home, as he was not present the home. Further, the Mob gets divided into two units and one goes for attacking the Naveen’s home which is nearby. By 8 o clock situation turns tensed and violent.
By 8 thirty ten policemen reach the incident place to control the events. Unable to manage the situation at 9 finally the senior DGP SD Sharanappa visits the event.
In a final series of events, mobs become agitated started shouting slogans and barging in asking for Naveen’s arrest.
In the assumption that the accused Naveen is hiding inside. They move inside and agitated by police intervention, burn the things around.
With this, the police give the orders for the shoot out to control the sudden violent turn of the events.
The post or meme in the social media of the online trolling world has created such a tragic turn of events.
Guerilla Mob Riot :
The large group of people from various directions with different weapons for clashes in deviating manner clearly indicate the guerilla warfare.
It is not a structured army like police but sure a targeted one with bricks, kerosene, and petrol.
The mob started slowly increasing from 150 to 1200 by the end of the incident.
The turn of the incident took the police for a shock in the haphazard yet organized pattern it was.
Which is the basic point of guerilla attack, not revealing from the attack is made or how and by how many.
The protection of the civilians mixed in between them, created a lot of tough responsibility in this chaotic havoc for the police.
What is the post:
Firstly, M.L.A Mr.Murthys Nephew Naveen claims that his Facebook is hacked and he holds no responsibility for the derogatory post made on the Prophet Mohammed.
Allegedly, It was a cropped and photoshopped image of the Prophet Mohammed in a disparaging manner.
Some other section of people claims that Naveen posted this as a result of the posts made by the Basheer abusing and photoshopping the Hindu gods in a belittling way.
As a matter of fact, there is no strong evidence to prove this point, but in 2018 Basheer who was a part of the incident had made derogatory posts on Hindu gods.
Over it is a shame full incident. The failure of the mutual coexistence with communal harmony is always a threat to any nation.
Be it ‘Political or Religious’ but Sufferers are People:
Many people have informed that they fearfully stayed in bathrooms and were hiding at different places for the riots to get calm. This fear and trauma created in and around are very suffocating for the day to day commoners.
The 30 civilians injured explain the level of the pain and causalities experienced by the people in this alarming incident.
If in the presence of the police the situation is at this level, people are wondered about more sudden attacks.
Not just Injuries, Property is Vandalized:
The mob has destroyed the property of M.L.A and accused Naveen, especially most of the neighborhood faced the destruction of property because of the incident.
The police are in a plan to implement the Uttar Pradesh kind of punishment. Making the culprit pay for the damages with the help of CCTV footage for the damages.
Online Trolls without any Boundaries or Guidelines :
When any individual enjoys any religious or sensitive content which is derogating someone or, it is the beginning part of this journey.
There are no functionary regulations on Facebook for such content. People these days make fun of famous personalities like Gandhi and Nehru with a lot of photoshopped content.
Now, when it comes to the religion it becomes more communal and sectional in nature creating more sensitivity of chaos.
The standard awareness of these provocative contents and the proper regulations for the mob riots is the need of the hour.