Bengaluru riots case: NIA arrests 17 SDPI, PFI functionaries | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths on Monday said they arrested 17 persons, including local functionaries and workers of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and Popular Front of India, in connection with the KG Halli-DJ Halli riots on August 11.
The NIA in an official release said they arrested the suspects for their involvement in the attack and large-scale rioting following an alleged Facebook post by Naveen, nephew of Pulakeshinagar MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy.
According to NIA, probe revealed SDPI leaders Mohammed Sharieff, president, Bengaluru district and Imran Ahmed, president, KG Halli ward, along with others like Rubah Waqas, Shabbar Khan and Sheikh Ajmal had conducted meetings at Thanisandra and KG Halli wards in Bengaluru on the evening of August 11. They allegedly conspired and led the crowd gathered at KG Halli station to attack police personnel, causing huge damage to public property and police vehicles.
Accused Abbas, SDPI president of Nagawara ward, too mobilised crowds at KG Halli police station through his aides Azil Pasha, Irfan Khan and Akbar Khan. “Probe revealed use of social media channels like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to spread terror… Accused Saddam, Sayed Sohel, Kaleemulla alias Shahrukh Khan were active social media users, who were involved in riots as well as instigated others to gather at the police station,” the NIA said.

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