National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested 17 accused persons in Bengaluru Riots Case on Monday, December 21, 2020.
The NIT press communiqué reads, NIA arrested seventeen SDPI/PFI leaders/activists for their involvement in the violent attack and large scale rioting at KG Halli Police Station, Bengaluru on August 11, 2020, after a Facebook post by Naveen, nephew of Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, MLA of Pulakeshi Nagar, Bengaluru.
The case was originally registered at Police Station Halli on August 12, 2020, and then reregistered on September 21, 2020.
The investigation so far has revealed that the SDPI leaders, namely, Mohammad Sharieff, President, Bengaluru District, SDPI, Imran Ahmed, President KG Halli Ward, along with other senior leaders like Rubah Waqas, Shabbar Khan and Shaik Ajmal had conducted meetings at Thanissandra and KG Halli wards in Bengaluru in the evening of August 11, 2020, wherein they conspired, mobilised and led the crowd gathered at KG Halli Police Station to attack the police personnel, causing huge damage to the public and police station vehicles. Similarly, accused Abbas, SDPI President of Nagwara ward had also mobilised large crowd at the KG Halli Police Station through his associates Azil Pasha, Irfan Khan and Akbar Khan.
The investigation also revealed the use of social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp to spread terror among people and mobilised people from faraway places to gather at KG Halli Police Station. Accused Saddam, Sayed Sohel, Kaleemulla@, Shahrukh Khan were active social media users who participated in riots as well as instigated others to gather at the police station.
In the case, so far, 187 accused persons have been arrested. Further investigation is continuing.