The NIA (National Investigation Agency) conducted raids across 43 locations in Bengaluru today in relation to the riots that occurred in the month of August in which the house of a Dalit MLA was burned down and the DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations as well as a Hindu temple came under attack of the rioters in addition to large-scale wanton destruction of public property.
Four offices of Popular Front of India’s (PFI) political wing Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) were among the 43 locations raided by the NIA. In course of the raids, NIA retrieved incriminating materials regarding the involvement of SDPI/PFI in the Bengaluru riots. It also seized weapons such as swords, knives, iron rods, etc from the SDPI offices.
The NIA press release reads:
- Today (18.11.2020), NIA conducted searches at 43 locations in Bengaluru city including four offices of the Social Democratic Party of India, the political wing of Popular Front of India (PFI), relating to rioting and violent attacks on D J Halli and KG Halli Police Stations in Bengaluru on 11.8.2020.
- The cases, FIR no.195/2020, DJ Halli PS dated.12.8.2020 & FIR no.229/ 2020, PS KG Halli, dated.12.8.2020 were re-registered as RC- 34/ 2020/ NIA/DLI and RC-35/ 2020/ NIA/ DLI respectively. The cases pertain to large-scale rioting armed with lethal weapons causing injuries to police personnel, destruction of public and private property including DJ Halli & KG Halli police stations buildings, and public and private vehicles. The riot led to fear and panic in the nearby areas and was intended to cause terror in the society.
- So far, 124 and 169 accused have been arrested in the DJ Halli PS case and 169 are arrested in the KG Halli PS case respectively. During the searches, incriminating materials relating to SDPI / PFI as well as certain instruments for attacks like swords, knives, iron rods, etc were seized.
- Further investigation is going on in both the cases.
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