Bangalore riots: Taking cue from UP, Karnataka may seize rioters’ properties | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU/MANGALURU: The Karnataka government ordered a magisterial inquiry into the violence in parts of Bengaluru on Tuesday night. Deputy commissioner of Bengaluru Urban GN Shivamurthy as executive magistrate may inquire into the violence and submit a report within three months, sources said.
Taking a cue from Yogi Adityanath’s government in Uttar Pradesh, the government plans to confiscate properties of all those involved in the violence and recover damages from them.

Home minister Basavaraj Bommai, who attended a meet convened by chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday, said a probe by CID or a Special Investigation Team were discussed. “Finally, the CM decided to ask the Bengaluru district magistrate to probe in accordance with guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission. This was done in the Mangaluru firing incident during ant-CAA protests last December,’’ he added

Bommai said the government sought reports about political factors and the possibility of involvement of certain outfits. The situation was under control and they have sought the Centre’s assistance to deal with the fallout. The Union home ministry has dispatched six companies of Central Reserve Police Force, three each from Hyderabad and Chennai, he said
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He said orders have been given to initiate recovery of losses from those who have caused the damage. Police are going through CCTV footage of the area and have started detaining and arresting people based on evidence. “Once this is over, we’ll initiate recovery of damage to government properties from those involved in the violence. If they fail to pay money for losses, we’ll confiscate their properties as per the Supreme Court order,’’ he added.
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Terming the violence a well-planned act, revenue minister R Ashoka said the perpetrators will be dealt with an iron hand and steps taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur.
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After visiting the areas, he said Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy house was completely damaged and belongings, including saris and jewels, were looted and the rest set on fire. “It has to be investigated whether any anti-social elements from within the state and outside were involved,’’ he added.


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