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Bengaluru riots accused Sampath Raj of INC arrested

The Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil confirmed the media through WhatsApp stating just "YES", he has been arrested

Bengaluru Central Crime Branch police on 17 November arrested former mayor and Indian National Congress (INC) leader R Sampath Raj, who was wanted in Bengaluru riots case.

The Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil confirmed the media through WhatsApp stating just “YES”, he has been arrested.

Raj has been absconding from a hospital for the last month where he was admitted after he was “tested COVID-19 positive”.

His escape from the hospital had raised many questions than answers as he was admitted to hospital after his name was included in the charge sheet filed by the police in local court alleging that he was one of the conspirators in Bengaluru riots case.

Earlier on 16 November, a major breakthrough came in this case as the CCB had arrested Raj’s close aide Riyazuddin for sheltering Raj and another INC leader Zakir who is still absconding.

It may be worth noting here that on 11 August, Pulikeshi Nagar INC MLA Akhanda Srinvasa Murhty’s nephew Naveen Kumar (who is out on bail now) posted an insidious post on his Facebook timeline.

Furious over the post, a section of residents approached KG Halli police and DJ Police to initiate action against Naveen. The police reportedly dilly-dallying over initiating action on Naveen, the mob went berserk and indulged in arson and looting.

In a bid to control the raging mob, the police had to open fire killing four persons on 11 August. Prior to police opening fire, the mob had set MLA’s house on fire besides torching several vehicles parked in KG Halli and DJ Halli police stations.

The mob resorted to arson in DJ Halli, KG Halli and Pulakeshi Nagar areas under Bengaluru city.  government and private vehicles, parked inside DJ Halli police station and KG Halli PS were vandalised.

The city police have already booked nearly 400 persons in these connections, besides filing charge sheet against Raj and Zakir, both are INC leaders, for allegedly instigating the mob but both leaders were absconding since then.

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