The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday arrested a key conspirator for his involvement in the attack on KG Halli Police Station in Bengaluru that took place in the late evening of August 11. The attack resulted in huge damage and destruction of public and government property, including damage to the police station building and vehicles parked in the police station premises and nearby areas.
The accused, 44-year-old Sayed Saddiq Ali of Bengaluru, works as a recovery agent with a bank and was absconding since August 11 immediately after the riots.
The NIA also conducted searches at 30 locations in Bengaluru to unearth the conspiracy behind the attacks on DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations. During searches, airgun, pellets, sharp weapons, iron rods, digital devices, DVRs and many SDPI & PFI related incriminating documents and material have been seized.
On September 23, pursuant to MHA’s directions, NIA took up the investigation of two Bengaluru violence cases under sections 143, 147, 307, 436, 353, 332, 333, 427, 504, 506, 149 and 34 of the IPC, section 4 of Prevention of Damage to Public property Act, section 2 of Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act and section 15, 16, 18 & 20 of the UA (P) Act.
These cases pertain to mob violence post a derogatory social media remark by one Naveen, nephew of Srinivas Akhanda Murthy, a sitting Congress, MLA, (Pulakeshi Nagar, Bengaluru) insulting the religious sentiments of Muslims.
The State Secretary, Social Democratic Party of India, Muzamil Pasha and other members of Social Democratic Party of India /Popular Front of India gathered a mob at the houses of Naveen, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy and at the premises of DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations, who vandalised the premises and resorted to arson, creating fear and panic among the masses.
Further investigation in the case is on.