Karnataka Congress president Saleem Ahmed says delay in action against ‘derogatory post’ caused riots, clean-chits SDPI

In a shocking statement on Wednesday, Karnataka Congress working president, Saleem Ahmed appeared to be justifying the arson and violence in East Bengaluru on Tuesday night. The leader said that the violence was triggered only because there was a delay in action against the person who made derogatory post against Prophet Muhammad.

The Congress leader, further went on to rule out possibilities of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), having a role behind the violence.

“A post was put up by a person on the social media but police did not take immediate action. The delay in action against the person who posted the content had created tension in the area. They should have taken immediate action who had posted this,” Ahmed told ANI.

Responding to Karnataka Minister CT Ravi’s claim that violence was “planned riot” and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) is behind it, the Congress leader said that it is totally irresponsible and wrong statement.

“We do not agree with such statements. These are his political statements,” he said.

Three people were killed and several others suffered injuries after violence erupted in the eastern part of the city on Tuesday night over a social media post allegedly made by Congress MLA Srinivas Murthy’s nephew Naveen.

110 persons accused of arson, stone-pelting and assault on the police have been arrested in connection with the violence.