At least three people have died in clashes with police in the Indian city of Bengaluru overnight after a 'derogatory' Facebook post about the Prophet Mohammed sparked protests in which a police station was attacked, and a politician's house and vehicles were torched.
Unable to quell protesters using batons and tear gas, besieged officers opened fire as they risked being overpowered during the violent unrest in a Muslim-dominated neighborhood, the southern city's police chief told Reuters on Wednesday.
'Despite elders of the community trying to pacify the crowd, the mob burnt vehicles on the road, they attacked the police station,' Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said.
Motorists ride past burnt vehicles in Bangalore on August 12,, after violence broke out overnight in Devara Jevana Halli area following a 'derogatory' Facebook post about the Prophet Mohammed
Policemen sit under a tree next to burnt vehicles in Bangalore on Wednesday
At least three people died in clashes with police in the Indian city of Bengaluru overnight. Above, residents walk past burnt vehicles in Bangalore on August 12
'The police had no escape and they had to resort to firing and three people died,' Pant said, adding that 110 people had been arrested for alleged vandalism and attacking the police.
At least 60 officers were injured as a furious crowd attacked a police station, set vehicles on fire and burnt down the house of a local lawmaker whose nephew was allegedly responsible for the social media post.
A police official said an emergency law prohibiting gatherings had been imposed in Bengaluru, a city of 12 million people best known as India's Silicon Valley.
Pant said the person responsible for the offensive post had been arrested. The post, which reportedly involved the Prophet Mohammed, has since been deleted.
A Facebook post offensive to Muslims sparked protests in which a police station was attacked, and a politician's house and vehicles were torched. Above, a resident walks past burnt vehicles in Bangalore on August 12
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