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40 arrested after violence in Karnataka's Hubballi over WhatsApp status, several policemen injured

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Hubli: Around 40 people were arrested after the incident of stone-pelting at the old Hubli police station in Karnataka in which twelve policemen, including an inspector, were injured on Saturday night.

Section 144 is currently imposed in Hubli city.

"A stone-pelting incident took place at Old Hubli Police Station. Twelve policemen including one inspector injured. Section 144 was imposed in the entire city and the situation is under control," said Police Commissioner Labhu Ram.

Police resorted to mild lathi-charge and used tear gas shells to disperse the mob, officials said, adding that prohibitory orders have been imposed in the city following the violence.

Some police vehicles were also vandalized by the mob, officials added.

"Six cases have been registered against those involved in the violence and the situation is under control now," said Labhu Ram, Police Commissioner, Hubballi-Dharwad.

Mr Ram said a man had shared an objectionable post on social media targetting the Muslim community, which others took objection to and lodged a police complaint.

Subsequently, police arrested the man and a case was registered against him.

However, not satisfied with the action taken against the man, a large number of people gathered outside the police station around midnight and went on a rampage, Mr. Ram said.

"We have taken all preventive measures to stop the repetition of such incidents," the police commissioner added.

Speaking to reporters, state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said a police officer is in serious condition and has been admitted to the hospital for treatment.

"A police officer is in a serious condition. Some people involved in the attack have been arrested. It was a pre-planned attack," he said.

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