Bengaluru Police Police has arrested a local Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leader named Muzammil Pasha in connection with the riots wgich broke out in East Bengaluru on Tuesday night. Apart from him, another SDPI activist Ayaz is under police scanner for inciting the rioters to vandalise two police stations at DJ Halli and KG Halli area in East Bengaluru.
SDPI is generally perceived as the political hand of the Islamist organization, Popular Front of India (PFI) which is accused of carrying out riots and terror activities in various cities across India.
Karnataka Minister CT Ravi said, “I think it was a planned riot. Within an hour of a post on social media thousands of people gathered and damaged 200-300 vehicles and MLA’s residence. We’ll take serious action. It was an organised incident. SDPI is behind it.”
The police have also recovered CCTV footage which allegedly showed that a person distributing money to rioters ahead of the violence. The CCTV footage indicates that the attacks against the police station were a pre-planned act as the rioters were already mobilised through social media posts.
Scores of persons, including around 50 policemen, were injured in the violence that erupted on Tuesday night and continued till the wee hours of Wednesday, apparently prompted by the ‘communally sensitive’ online post.
The Congress MLA’s residence and a police station were among those targeted by the angry mob, prompting the government to issue a stern warning that rioting and law and order issues will not be tolerated.