East Bengaluru violence was deliberate: NIA chargesheet | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The National Investigation Agency probing the August 11 east Bengaluru violence filed a chargesheet at the special NIA court last week.
The 667-page chargesheet explains how the “deliberate and planned” violence began. Beginning with the controversial photo posted by Pulikeshinagar Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy’s nephew Naveen on Facebook, the chargesheet says how protesting mobs gathered near the MLA’s house and later attacked police stations of KG Halli and DJ Halli. “Miscreants took advantage of the situation that was already on the boil due to Naveen’s post. Seeking an explanation, some people had gathered outside Srinivasamurthy’s house and others went to KG Halli police station to lodge a complaint. However, miscreants instigated both the groups and provoked them to carry out arson on a large scale,” the chargesheet said.
As many as 247 accused have been identified. Out of 667 pages, the first 257 are on DJ Halli violence and the remaining explain l how angry crowds turned rioters and miscreants were mobilised to attack the two police stations and set vehicles on fire. Four men were killed in police action.
“We have provided strong digital evidence in the form of pictures, videos and some messages exchanged between the miscreants,” an investigating officer said.
The CCB filed its chargesheet in October 2020 in the case of arson at the MLA’s house.

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