Three people have died in the Indian city of Bangalore after police fired at crowds protesting an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post.
Crowds gathered outside the home of a local politician whose relative was accused of making an “offensive” message about the Prophet Muhammad.
They set vehicles on fire and attacked police who arrived at the scene with stones, police told BBC Hindi.
Police arrested the man, along with 110 other people who were in the crowd.
City commissioner Kamal Pant said at least 60 police officers, including senior officers, were injured in the violence on Tuesday evening. A curfew has also been imposed in two of the city’s police districts, he said.
Meanwhile, city police tweeted that the situation was “under control”, adding that staff fired live ammunition to disperse the crowd only after using tear gas and batons.
The deaths were confirmed by the Minister of the Interior of the State of Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the capital.
The violence began after demonstrators gathered outside the politician’s house and a police station after spotting the post, which local media say has since been deleted.
Meanwhile, the minister, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, made a video appeal for protesters to stay calm and promised them justice.
“I call on my Muslim brothers not to fight for someone who has broken the law. Either way, we are all brothers. Whoever is responsible, we will ensure that the appropriate punishments are meted out to those responsible. I am with you, ”said to me.