Bengaluru Violence: NIA’s Special Team to Grill SDPI Functionaries

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Charred remains of the vehicles that were set on fire by an irate mob during violence that broke out over a derogatory social media post by Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy’s nephew P. Naveen, in Bengaluru on Aug 14, 2020. — IANS

BENGALURU — Taking over the probe in the Bengaluru violence case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is now to interrogate SDPI leader Muzamil Pasha and his close associates for allegedly “instigating the mobs” that triggered the violence in the state.

According to an NIA statement, Pasha had reportedly called a meeting and allegedly directed the members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) to instigate the mob and incite violence.

“The mob went on rampage in D.J. Halli, K. G. Halli and Pulakeshi Nagar area in Bengaluru. The mob attacked the two police stations namely D. J. Halli and K. G. Halli and vandalized the property of police stations including government and private vehicles parked in these police stations,” the statement said..

An official further added that the mob also attacked the house of MLA, Pulakeshi Nagar constituency Akhanda Srinivas Murthy prior to attacking the police stations, hence the probe will begin with interrogating Pasha.

It can be recalled that more than 1,000 people gathered in front of the house of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy (Pulakeshi Nagar constituency) at Kavalbyrasandra.

The mob was protesting against the derogatory social media (Facebook) post on August 11, at around 4 pm by MLA’s nephew Naveen, which allegedly insulted the religious sentiments of the Muslims, the statement added.

— IANS

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