Bengaluru violence: Our kids innocent, claim families of the arrested
Three people were dead and 15 injured after the police opened fire to bring the violence under control during the riot in East Bengaluru on Tuesday night. Additionally, as many as 75 police personnel were injured in the incident.
The deceased have been identified as Sher Siddique, a resident of Puttaswamy Garden, Wasim Pasha, resident of SK Garden and Mohammed Yasin, resident of SK garden.
All were aged between 20 – 25 years and were reportedly shot by the police during the riot. After they were shot, two of the deceased were discovered to be Covid-19 positive.
In his statement to the police, P Naveen, who is believed to have caused the riots, claimed that his account was hacked and someone uploaded the derogatory post on purpose.
He was taken into police custody on Tuesday night and has been kept in an undisclosed location. His father, Pavan said, “Naveen’s phone was stolen two days before the incident and we suspect that someone might have uploaded the post on purpose.”
Bengaluru violence: Latest visuals from the scene of violence near DJ Halli Police Station on Wednesday evening
Taking immediate action, over 150 people have been arrested, including two prime accused who are suspected to have instigated the riots.
Additionally, Section 144 was imposed in DJ Halli, KG Halli and
The prime accused have been identified as Sayed Admnan, a resident of Shivajinagar and Mujamil Pasha, a resident of Sagayapuram. According to sources, the two accused, along with 15 others, had approached the DJ Halli police station around 8:30 pm to file a complaint against Naveen when the police reportedly delayed the process.
Police said that they had informed the group that they would investigate the case but the group insisted on handing over Naveen to them. The police denied to handover Naveen and asked them to leave when the mob gathered.
Video: Bengaluru violence and its aftermath
Mujamil is said to have stood for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections representing ward 60 last year and is an active member of SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India).
An official said that another accused, Wajid associated with the JD(S) has also been arrested . Wajid is said to have gathered the mob to seek revenge against the MLA. According to the sources, Wajid had a few clashes with the
The MLA had filed a complaint with the police and based on that, the police had warned Wajid. On Tuesday night, he went to the DJ Halli police station along with the other two prime accused and made calls asking people to gather in three groups. Wajid was outside the DJ Halli police station starting the riot.
Bengaluru violence: Three dead, over 100 arrested in clash over social media post; Section 144 imposed in city
On Wednesday morning, the family members of the arrested accused arrived at the DJ Halli police station claiming that their children were innocents. The distraught families requested the police to release their children who were taken into police custody on Wednesday morning.
The deceased Mohammed Yasin’s mother claimed that he was not involved in any violence and was a victim of the riots. She said, “Due to medical issues, I hardly cook and yesterday, Yasin had stepped out at 10 pm to get food from the nearby hotel. As he did not return for an hour, we set out looking for him and at around 12:15 pm, we learned that he was shot dead in the police firing.”
Mohammed Shafiullah, father of one of the accused who has been arrested by the police said, “My son is only 23-years-old and works at a call center. He was at home the whole night. At around 3 am, the police barged in our house and took him away, with them stating that he was one of the suspects.”
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