BENGALURU: Police have registered two separate FIRs against 19 men — most of them are members of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) — for their “direct involvement” in Tuesday night’s violence in east Bengaluru. All the 19 accused belonging to a particular minority community have been identified in the FIRs.
Taking serious note of the violence, the BJP government in Karnataka renewed its demand for a ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political arm, Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). It’ll be the fourth ban recommendation to the Centre.
An investigating officer told TOI, “These [19] people could have easily prevented the violence, but chose to abet the mob. They made repeated phone calls and forwarded messages, saying police were abusing their religion.” He added, “Some of them were directly involved in the violence, while others instigated the mobs.”
Around 7pm on Tuesday, two groups of people protesting a Facebook post made by the nephew of Congress MLA Akanda Srinivas Murthy, offending the religious sentiments of a particular community, rushed to the local legislator’s house and KG Halli police station seeking legal action. After damaging a few vehicles and setting the MLA’s house on fire, the mobs closed in on KG Halli and the neighbouring DJ Halli police stations.
The 19 accused are among the 147 people arrested since Wednesday. One FIR has been registered at KG Halli police station; it named 13 men. The other, naming six people, was registered at DJ Halli police station. The DJ Halli police station FIR also says the six men were joined by 200 others who have not been identified.
“The 19 accused were the leaders,” an investigating officer said. “They provoked local residents into attacking police and setting the vehicles on fire. They were in the vanguard of the mob that blocked a fire tender and attacked its personnel. The accused also played a vital role in diverting mobs towards KG Halli and DJ Halli police stations.”
Among the arrested are daily wage workers, men working in eateries, mutton stalls, ice-cream parlours, garment shops and eateries.
Home minister Basavaraj Bommai, after a meeting with senior police officials, told TOI, “Our government is committed to banning these fringe outfits on charges of disturbing communal harmony and creating social disturbance.”
“We have started collecting evidence against SDPI and PFI. The preliminary investigation clearly indicates their involvement. We’ll see to it they are banned soon,” he added
The government tried to ban the outfits earlier following the attack on former minister and Narasimharaja MLA Tanveer Sait in Mysuru last November, in the wake of the Mangaluru riots in December, and once again after reports of hitmen being hired to eliminate Tejasvi Surya, BJP Lok Sabha member from Bangaluru South. The issue was taken to the cabinet in January this year.


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