Bengaluru riots case: NIA raids 43 locations including SDPI offices

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Wednesday raided the offices of the Social Democratic Party of India, the political wing of Popular Front of India (PFI), in connection with the Bengaluru riots case.

The central probe agency conducted searches at 43 locations, including four SDPI offices, in connection with rioting and violent attacks on DJ Halli and KG Halli Police Stations in Bengaluru on August 11, earlier this year, the NIA said in a statement.

The case pertains to large scale rioting, causing injuries to police personnel, destruction of public and private property. The riot led to fear and panic in the nearby areas and was intended to cause terror in the society, the NIA statement said, adding that riots were armed with lethal weapons.

So far, 124 and 169 accused have been arrested in the DJ Halli PS case and 169 have been arrested in the KG Halli PS case, the NIA said.

During the searches, incriminating materials relating to SDPI/PFI as well as certain instruments for attacks like swords, knives, iron rods etc were seized, the probe agency said.

Further investigation is going on in both cases.

Over 3,000 people went on a rampage in Bengaluru on August 11, torching the residences of Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy, his sister Jayanthi and the two police stations.

The violence broke out over an alleged inflammatory social media post by the nephew of the Congress MLA.

Three persons were killed in police firing while another died due to abdominal injuries suffered in the violence.

Recently, former Congress mayor R Sampath Raj, who was wanted in the Bengaluru violence case, was arrested.

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