B’luru violence: NIA questions Cong MLAs Zameer Ahmed Khan and Rizwan Arshad


Team Udayavani, Oct 15, 2020, 8:12 AM IST

Bengaluru: The NIA probing the August 11 violence here over an alleged inflammatory social media post has questioned two Congress MLAs, B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan and Rizwan Arshad, who were present at the spot on that day.

“Yes, me and Rizwan Arshad were summoned yesterday and questioned in connection with the violence. Since we were there on August 11 night from 9.30 PM to about 1 AM, they wanted to ascertain if we knew who had instigated the mob,” Khan told.

The Chamarajpet MLA said the NIA officials have not told them anything about appearing before the agency again. The National Investigation Agency has arrested Sayed Saddiq Ali (44) in connection with the violence.

Besides the NIA, the Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru city police is also probing the case in a coordinated manner, said police sources.

The CCB had on Monday submitted an 850-page preliminary charge sheet in a city court, naming former Congress mayor R Sampath Raj and a sitting Congress corporator Abdul Rakeeb Zakir as accused.

Three people were killed after police opened fire on the night of August 11 to quell a mob that went on a rampage in a city locality, irked over a social media post allegedly put out by a Congress legislator’s relative.

Scores, including around 50 policemen, were injured in the violence, apparently triggered by the online post. Pulakeshi Nagar MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy’s residence and a police station at D J Halli were among those targeted by the angry mob.

The house of the MLA, who was not at home at the time, was allegedly set on fire. The rioters also torched many police and private vehicles, badly damaged the house and looted the belongings of MLA Murthy and those of his sister.

So far, 421 people have been arrested, including Social Democratic Party of India leader Muzammil Pasha.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai had claimed that the internal strife in the Congress, coupled with the coming BBMP (city corporation) elections, had resulted in the violence.

However state Congress chief D K Shivakumar had dismissed the charge and alleged that the government was trying to cover up its failure to prevent the riots by giving misleading statements.

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