A 12-year-old boy was killed and 22 people were injured when police opened fire in Bangalore on Sunday to control a rampaging mob that was apparently provoked by a group of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's supporters.
Police said the violence was sparked off when a banner relating to a Hindu religious gathering was allegedly removed by a group of people who were on their way to attend a rally to condemn the Saddam execution.
Police said this led to tension and stone pelting and the crowd soon went on a rampage, scorching buses and attacking private property. The violence spread to many parts of the city, with east and northeast Bangalore being the worst hit.
More than 300 people were arrested or detained on charges of rioting, police said.
Following the violence in the Shivaji Nagar area, police imposed night curfew from 10 pm to 7 am in the troubled areas of the city.
The injured, including eight police constables, were admitted to the Bowring Hospital. The condition of Thimmaiah, a police constable who was stabbed, was said to be critical.
Shivaji Nagar and Bharati Nagar areas had witnessed mob violence on Friday after group clashes during a demonstration against Saddam's execution. The violence had left at least 20 people injured.
On Sunday, the mob set fire to as many as three buses in Bamboo Bazaar area. Three auto-rickshaws were damaged near the Ulsoor lake.
Around 400 police personnel were deployed in Shivaji Nagar and Bharati Nagar, with officials said the situation was tense but under control.
Stray incidents of violence were also reported from areas like Bangalore Cantonment and Old Madras Road.
The situation in other city localities like Kamaraj Road, Armstrong road, Sappers road, Commercial street, Shivchetty garden, Bamboo Bazar, Coles Park, Cock Burn street, Ulsoor lake, Assay Road, Gangadhara Chetty road, Old Madras Road and Indira Nagar also continued to be tense.
Meanwhile, at the rally held under the banner of 'People's Front' at the Shivajinagar stadium, leaders of various political parties from the state, including Congress leaders CK Jaffar Sharief and former chief minister N Dharam Singh and Samajwadi Party leader S Bangarappa, attacked the Iraq policy of the US.