A non-bailable warrant has been issued against former mayor and Indian National Congress (INC) politician R Sampat Raj for his alleged role in the Bengaluru riots. Earlier this month, the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch Police had issued a notice to Raj who is absconding.
The police have filed a 400-page preliminary charge sheet against the former INC Councillor from DJ Halli. The crime branch has accused him of instigating a violent mob, setting INC MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy’s house on fire on 11 August. INC MLA Murthy is an elected representative from Pulakeshi Nagar constituency.
DJ Halli and KG Halli areas in Bengaluru witnessed widespread violence on 11 August night, following an alleged derogatory Facebook post on Prophet Mohammed by R Naveen, who is the nephew of Murthy. Hundreds of protesters had stormed the area and set vehicles on fire and ransacked the public property.
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 National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing two cases of violence in Bengaluru following an order from the Ministry of Home Affairs, had earlier claimed that Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) politician Muzammil Pasha had reportedly called a meeting and allegedly directed members of Popular Front of India (PFI) and SDPI to instigate people and incite violence.
Srinivasamurthy has called for action against former Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike Mayor Raj and former INC corporator Abdul Rakeeb Zakir. He has asked the INC leadership to expel both from the party.
Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah and KPCC president Shivakumar have repeatedly accused the ruling party BJP of conspiring and maligning the INC party politicians. “This is a politically motivated case. This was a clear case of intelligence failure and not INC leaders conspiring against each other,” the INC politicians say.