52 FIRs, 264 held for Bengaluru violence; prohibitory orders extended

The violence erupted over an inflammatory social media post allegedly by a relative of a Congress MLA

Bengaluru riots, violence, Police
Police stand next to the charred remains of a vehicle vandalised during a violence in Bengaluru | Photo: PTI

At least 52 First Information Reports (FIRs) have been registered till Sunday (August 16) afternoon while 264 accused arrested in connection with last week’s violence in the DJ Halli area of Bengaluru, reported Indian Express quoting Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Sharanappa SD.

More complaints are being taken up, the report said. The FIRs were filed at the DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations. Residents of the areas that witnessed violence on Tuesday allege the police are “randomly picking up” youngsters from houses. However, the DCP claimed each arrest has been made based on “solid evidence”.

Three people were killed after police opened fire to quell a mob that went on a rampage in DJ Halli on Tuesday (August 11) night over an inflammatory social media post allegedly put out by P Naveen, a relative of Pulakeshi Nagar MLA R. Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy. One more person, an accused, died at a government hospital on Saturday following a surgery.

Police has, meanwhile, rejected Naveen’s claim that his phone was hacked, based on cyber forensic inquiries. Naveen, who is now in police custody, had even claimed that a friend or an acquaintance who had visited his house that day might’ve access his Facebook account, said a report by the Times of India.

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Meanwhile, the prohibitory orders clamped in parts of the city after the violence have now been extended from Sunday to Tuesday. The order would be in force from the morning of August 16 to the morning of August 18.

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Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, in his order, said there is a ban on more than two persons gathering at any place, carrying of any kinds of weapons and convening any public meetings. Violators would be prosecuted, he said.

In the incident on Tuesday night, the MLA’s residence and the police station at DJ Halli were torched by the rioters who also set many police and private vehicles afire, and even looted the belongings of the legislator and those of his sister.

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