Bengaluru violence: 40,000 calls recorded during rampage | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: At least 40,000 mobile phone calls were made or received between 7pm and 2am in KG Halli, DJ Halli and Kavalbyrasandra on the intervening night of August 11-12, when mobs went on the rampage, destroying vehicles and damaging property. On a normal day, phone calls recorded in these three areas don’t exceed 15,000 in 24 hours, an investigating officer said.
“Combined, KG Halli, DJ Halli and pockets of Kavalbyrasandra have a population of around 70,000,” police said. “On normal days, around 15,000 phone calls, routed through about 15 mobile towers located in a radius of 3.5km, are made and received by residents of these three areas.”
Investigations into the call detail records (CDR) show that on August 11, there was no spike in calls made or received till 7pm.
“Of the 15,000 calls made or received in a day, around 8,000 are recorded during daytime and the rest after sunset,” an officer said. “On Tuesday, around 6,000 calls were made and received till 7pm. This was below the average since business in these areas is dull on Tuesdays and Fridays. After 7pm, around 40,000 calls were recorded in these areas. We are in the process of segregating the number of incoming and outgoing calls.”
However, calls made and received have helped police reel in suspects, investigating officers said. “In the first two days, we made arrest by directly identifying suspects or from clues provided by those already arrested. We then scanned mobile calls that were related to the violence,” police said.
Meanwhile, a senior cybercrime police officer said mobile phones of hundreds of suspects show that the objectionable cartoon, that allegedly triggered the riots, appears to have been shared over 5,000 times on Tuesday night among residents of the three areas besides Benson Town, Goripalya, Chamrajpet, KR Market and Kalasipalya.

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