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In two days, NIA ‘cracks’ Bengaluru riots case, arrests ‘key plotter’ | India News


NEW DELHI: Two days after it took over the probe into the mob violence that rocked Bengaluru on August 11, 2020, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at 30 different locations in the city and arrested a key conspirator, Sayed Saddiq Ali.
NIA sources said the links of Saddiq , a recovery agent with a bank and allegedly a member of Congress, with hardline outfits State Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and Popular Front of India (PFI) are being investigated.
The locations searched on Thursday were essentially residences of arrested accused, absconding accused and suspects in the two cases relating to the mob attacks. Among the recoveries made by NIA were airgun, pellets, sharp weapons, iron rods, digital devices, DVRs and many SDPI and PFI-related “incriminating” documents and material.
Saddiq, aged 44 years and a resident of Bengaluru, NIA said, was directly involved in the August 11 attack on KG Halli police station in Bengaluru, which resulted in huge damage and destruction of public and government property, including to the police station building and vehicles parked there and in nearby areas.
Saddiq had been absconding since the mob attacks that day. He was named as an accused in the original FIR registered by the Bengaluru Police, after eyewitness accounts indicated that he was at the front of the violent mob and an active participant in the attack. After taking over the case, NIA served summons to Saddiq at his residence and he responded by presenting himself before the agency’s investigating team. He was arrested after a round of questioning.
“Saddiq’s suspected links with the SDPI and PFI (whose leaders and members are believed to have instigated the mob to unleash violence in protest against the allegedly derogatory Facebook post by nephew of Congress MLA from Pulakeshi Nagar, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy) are a subject matter of investigation,” an officer told TOI.
The cases taken over by NIA on Tuesday pertain to mob violence, allegedly against a “derogatory” social media remark that was seen as insulting the religious sentiments of Muslims, by Naveen, nephew of Congress MLA Srinivas Akhanda Murthy. The State SDPI Secretary, Muzamil Pasha and other members of SDPI/PFI, NIA said, had assembled the mob at the houses of Naveen, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy and at the premises of DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations. The mob then vandalised the premises and resorted to arson, creating fear and panic among the people.

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