BENGALURU: Amid the rioting on
late Tuesday night
, an extraordinary act of harmony warmed the citizens’ hearts -- a group of Muslims formed a human chain to protect the
in RT Nagar.
The temple is located close to
Pulakeshinagar MLA Akhanda Srinivasmurthy
’s office-cum-residence which was set on fire by the mob. When the rioters turned towards the temple, a few men formed a human chain around it and prevented them from targeting it.
The video, captured by an unknown person, went viral on social media, following which a large number of devotees visited the temple on Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Jayanthi R, mother of Naveen P who is accused of posting a derogatory post on
, expressed gratitude to Muslim youths for “saving her life.”
“Had local Muslim youths not come to my rescue, I don’t think I would have been alive today,” said Jayanthi.
Jayanthi, a resident of
, lives with her husband and family members 500m from her younger brother, Congress MLA Akhand Srinivasmurthy’s residence.
On Tuesday evening, the family members were watching TV while Naveen and his wife had gone out to buy groceries.
“My daughter who lives in Vijayanagar had come to our house with her family. We were watching a TV serial when a mob gathered in front of our home. At 8.30pm, the mob vandalised and set fire to bikes. I got all my children and grandchildren to go to the terrace from where they shifted to neighbouring houses.”
Jayanthi stayed back as there were gold ornaments and valuables. “The situation was worsening. There was no way I could flee as there were hundreds of people on the streets setting cars and bikes on fire,” she recalled.
“At 10.30pm, a few local Muslim youths came to my house and told me I should leave with them immediately. By then, the mob had entered our compound. One person told the youths escorting me that they were doing injustice to their religion by protecting Naveen’s mother. The youths warned the mob that no woman or child should be touched,” she said.
“I was literally carried across our compound to the next building. In less than a minute, our building was set on fire,” she said.