Bengaluru violence: Cases swell to 52, arrests rise to 309; Section 144 extended | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Five more cases pertaining to the August 11 violence in east Bengaluru were registered on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 52. In all, 309 persons have been arrested for rioting and police said the number will go up further.
SD Sharanappa, deputy commissioner of police (east), said KG Halli police have registered 14 cases and DJ Halli police 38 cases. “In all, 52 cases have been registered,” he said.
A police officer said many of those involved in the rioting have fled from the city. “We have information that some suspects have taken shelter in residences of their relatives and friends in nearby towns and villages. We will nab them soon,” the officer said.
Cops said a few suspects were feigning Covid-19 symptoms. “Till now, three have tested positive and we are taking all precautions to avoid infections,” an officer said.
Meanwhile, Bengaluru city police commissioner Kamal Pant has extended prohibitory orders in KG Halli and DJ Halli police station limits till 6am Tuesday.
Technical assistance
Police have formed six teams exclusively to render technical analysis. These teams have cybercrime experts and forensic officials. These teams are analysing CCTV footage from various locations and are tracking suspects with the help of mobile tower locations and collecting scientific and technical evidence.
The 38 cases registered with DJ Halli police include one based on a complaint filed by MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy. Others were based on plaints filed by his close friends and neighbours. The mob had attacked Srinivasamurthy’s close friend Munegowda D of Kavalbyrasandra. According to Munegowda’s complaint, the mob vandalised his residence, cars, bikes and electrical gadgets and caused damages worth Rs 10 lakh. The mob torched vehicles worth Rs 5.7 lakh worth belonging to Srinivasamurthy’s neighbour J Raja.
The mob also vandalized a bar and restaurant on the road leading to the MLA’s residence. Bar owner S Krishna alleged that he sustained a loss of Rs 60 lakh as the mob ransacked his bar and destroyed liquor. The mob attacked two residences located in the same building. The rioters allegedly looted Rs 40,000 in cash, 150 grams of gold and 100 grams of silver from the residence of Chandru Kumar in the same building. They vandalised Kumar’s vehicles and his neighbours MK Sri Ram Reddy and Prakash MN.
Forensic experts and a dog squad visited Munegowda’s residence on Sunday and collected evidence from the spot. The technical team has collected CCTV footage from his residence and nearby buildings to identify rioters.
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