NEW DELHI — A man was killed and four others were injured when a police officer shot him after he allegedly posted “anti-Indian” comments on Facebook, a police official said Monday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the incident took place on Monday morning near the area where two police officers were conducting a joint patrol.
He said the officers opened fire on the man, who was shot in the head, shoulder and chest, after he was found with his hands in the air and was handcuffed.
The man was rushed to a hospital, where he died.
A police source confirmed the identity of the man and said he was a resident of the area.
The shooting happened at about 4:30 a.m. local time.
Police said they were still investigating the circumstances of the shooting.
“We are investigating and we are trying to ascertain the facts,” said Rajendra Singh, the superintendent of police for South Block.
The officer who was wounded was on duty, Singh said.
Police have arrested three people for questioning in connection with the incident.
Police Commissioner Satyendar Jain said the incident has triggered an internal investigation.
“It is important to clarify the circumstances before making any statements,” Jain told reporters.
The case is being investigated under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the police are also looking into whether the incident is related to the protests that have gripped the capital in recent weeks.
The protests were sparked by the killing of an Indian diplomat in New Delhi, a Pakistani-born Indian citizen, a British national and a Japanese citizen, among others, by a group of gunmen who took over a bus near the Indian consulate.
India has been wracked by unrest since August over the treatment of Muslims in the country, which is overwhelmingly Hindu and largely Muslim.
The protesters have been calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is Hindu.
India’s top court has said a lower court’s order granting bail to the man who killed the Indian diplomat is unconstitutional.