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Bengaluru violence: State govt moves to recover cost from culprits, Yediyurappa says SIT formed, stringent action initiated | India News

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BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Monday said it has decided to approach the high court for appointment of ‘Claim Commissioner‘ for the purpose of assessment of damages caused to private and public property during last week’s violence in the city and recover the costs from the culprits.
It said stringent action has been initiated against those responsible for the violent incidents including invoking the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Chief minister B S Yediyurappa chaired a meeting with home minister Basavaraj Bommai and senior state government officials today.
“Our Govt has decided to assess the damages caused to public & private property in the violent incidents in KG Halli & DG Halli & recover the costs from the culprits.
We will approach Hon’ble high court for appointment of Claim Commissioner as per Hon’ble Supreme Court order,” Yediyurappa tweeted.

“Stringent action has been initiated against the culprits of DJ Halli and KG Halli violent incidents including invoking of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act – UAPA Act,” he said in another tweet.
In yet another tweet the chief minister said: “A Special Investigation Team has already been formed to conduct a detailed investigation in the matter and a team of three special prosecutors will be appointed for speedy trial of the cases. SIT will consider invoking Goonda Act if warranted.”

The state government had last week decided to recover the loss caused to public and private property during the violence in parts of the city on August 11 night, by making rioters pay for it.
Earlier in the day, one more accused was arrested in connection with violence, said the police.
“One Samiuddin was detained in connection with violence in DJ Halli. It was found that he was in touch with accused of RSS activist Rudresh murder case and Al-Hind members for the past few years. He will be taken into custody and probe will be done,” said Sandeep Patil, Joint CP, Crime, Bengaluru.
A total of 35 accused were arrested on Sunday in connection with Bengaluru violence, taking the total number of arrests in the cases to 340, informed the police.
The imposition of Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in areas under DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits has also been extended till 6am on August 18. The situation in the area remains tense. Section 144 has been extended twice in the area.
Among the accused who have been arrested are Naveen, the nephew of MLA Srinivas Murthy, and include Kaleem Pasha, the husband of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike corporator from Nagwara ward Irshad Begum.
Meanwhile, the chief minister’s office said a Special Investigation Team has already been formed to investigate the incident in a thorough manner and added that a team of three special public prosecutors would be appointed for conducting the cases.
“The invocation of Goonda Act will also be considered by the SIT in the cases wherever the provisions are attracted,” it said.
The violence in D J Halli and adjoining areas on August 11 night was unleashed by hundreds of people over a purportedly inflammatory social media post allegedly put out by P Naveen, a relative of Pulakeshinagar Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy.
The MLA’s residence and a police station at D J Halli were torched by rioters who also set many police and private vehicles afire, and looted the belongings of the legislator and his sister.
An FIR was registered on the complaint of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy at DJ Halli Police station three days after the violence broke out in parts of Bengaluru on August 11, over an alleged “derogatory” social media post by his nephew, the police said.

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