On Tuesday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) takes over the investigation of the Bengaluru violence case. It accused SDPI leader Muzamil Pasha for provoking the crowd that triggered the violence in areas of east Bengaluru and an attack on Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) police station.
SDPI leader involved in the matter
NIA issued a statement on Tuesday which reads, “Earlier, The state secretary of SDPI, Muzamil Pasha, had called a meeting and instructed the members of PFI/SDPI to instigate the mob and incite violence. The crowd went on a rampage in DJ Halli, KG Halli, and Pulakeshi Nagar areas under Bengaluru City.”
Previously, an investigating team made by Bengaluru Police was investigating the case. And they were taking a look at the role of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), a political party who is attempting to gain popularity in Muslim dominated areas of Karnataka, in the violence.
Why did violence happen?
According to NIA, On August 11, More than a thousand people gathered in front of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy house in Kaval Byrasandra because of an offensive post uploaded by his nephew on his Facebook account. The post resulted in insulting the religious sentiments of Muslims.
The current NIA team investigating the Bengaluru violence case is headed by an Inspector General (IG)-ranked officer. Also, the agency re-registered the two cases, one each at DJ Halli and Kadugodanahalli (KG Halli) police stations.
State Government approached the High Court
Earlier in the month of August, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the violence matter. The state government also approached Karnataka High Court for the appointment of Claim Commissioner, to access the damages caused to private and public property because of the violence. Four people died during the violence.
Investigating the incident, more than 300 suspects were arrested in the connection in the violence and riots. Almost 52 FIRs were filed in the police stations surrounding the areas of violence case.