Bengaluru has seen 8 major riots since 1986 — including two over Prophet Muhammad

Representational image. | A police personnel marches in Devara Jeevana Halli, where an angry mob attacked and vandalised properties, in Bengaluru. | Photo: ANI

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Bengaluru: Bengaluru saw riots this week over a social media post allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad. The communal nature of the incident and the killing of three in police fire brought some undesirable headlines for the tech city.

But this was not unprecedented in nature. The Karnataka capital has seen several incidents of violence over the years. Here’s a list of seven major riots that have rocked the city in the last three decades.

2016 — Cauvery riots

Nearly four years ago, riots broke out in Bengaluru over the Cauvery water-sharing issue. This was the second time that the issue had caused clashes in the city.

Violence erupted after the Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu until 20 September 2016. The local police in riot gear tried to control miscreants resorting to arson.

But the arsonists set ablaze 35 buses at a depot, blocked roads leading to Tamil Nadu, forcibly shut down shops and establishments belonging to Tamil speaking people. Many protestors took to the streets with Karnataka flags and shouted slogans. One person died in police firing and close 20 policemen were injured.

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2012 — The exodus to Northeast

In August 2012, ethnic clashes in Kokrajhar in Assam led to tensions in Bengaluru. The tech city has a large migrant population from the Northeast. As fears grew over an alleged plan to attack migrants, thousands of them fled the city. While the BJP-led Karnataka government tried to convince the migrants that no harm would be caused to them, the Indian Railways data showed that around 10,000 tickets were sold in a single night for a return to the Northeast.

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