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Bengaluru Riots: Violence Fuelled By Social Media Post

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Bengaluru Riots: Violence Fuelled By Social Media Post

On August 12, the Bengaluru Police arrested a man for uploading an offensive post on Facebook aimed at Islamic beliefs. The objectionable post led to violent clashes at Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy’s residence, followed by more conflicts in and around DJ Halli and KG Halli police station premises where a mob began pelting stones and torching vehicles. At least three people have died, and over 50 police personnel have been reported to be injured. The arrested accused is identified to be P Naveen, the nephew of Murthy.

Preliminary investigations assume that turf war between four politicians, including three former ministers, might have turned a petty issue into a whole-scale riot in east Bengaluru on the night of August 11.

According to the police, the three former ministers were concerned with Murthy’s growing appeal and took the help of a former corporator with a similar resentment for the MLA to corner him. A senior police inspector said, “The trio resented the MLA’s growing clout in awarding government and civic tenders. A few days ago, posters announcing that the MLA was missing along with his photograph had appeared all over Kavalbyrasandra. The matter even reached the police.” Followed by the Facebook post mentioned above put up by the MLA’s people, which served as the perfect opportunity to retaliate against him.

What Happened?

The aggrieved approached the police and the Pulkeshi Nagar MLA’s residence demanding legal action against the post without resorting to violence. However, the mob swelled in a flash, raising suspicions that the attack was pre-planned, as the tactics had a guerilla element to them.

Hundreds began protesting outside DJ Halli police station, asking for immediate action. IPS Officer Kamal Pant has said that many senior police officers at the DCP level have been injured, police jeeps, buses, and other vehicles have been overturned and set on fire, rampant stone pelting took place during the late hours.

The Bengaluru City Police confirmed in a statement that to control the situation, they used batons, tear gas, and opened fire. CRPF had been deployed in the violence-struck areas, and more platoons are being called from Chennai and Hyderabad to secure Bengaluru’s safety.

Although, the accused maintains that his account got hacked, and the uploading of the derogatory post was not his doing. The deleted post has been retrieved by the police, who has not negated the possibility of conspiracy. Further investigation is underway.

Meanwhile, a strict curfew under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is imposed in DJ Halli, and KG Halli police station limits till August 21.

Political Scenario:

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa ordered strict police action against the 110 perpetrators arrested for being involved in the incident. A magisterial inquiry into the clashes has also been directed. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, “We will investigate the matter thoroughly, whatever the situation is. However, indulging in vandalism is not the solution.

Additional forces have been deployed and gave the cops a free hand to handle the situation.” Rapid Action Force and Garuda Commandos are also deployed in the affected areas.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar summoned an urgent meeting of the party leaders, MLAs, MLCs, former Bengaluru mayors, and other Congress leaders to come up with ways of ensuring peace and harmony among the affected people.

With BBMP’s term coming to an end next month, two aspiring youth leaders, P Naveen and Muzamil Pasha of the Social Democratic Party of India are contending against each other for becoming the next corporator from Sagayapuram ward, where the most violence occurred. Pasha had once unsuccessfully contested the municipal polls and is now working to consolidate Muslim votes in his favor. He allegedly made use of the controversial post to flare up the riot.

The Janata Dal (Secular) party believes the incident to be a “pre-planned conspiracy” and demands prompt action, whereas former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda urged the state government to take “merciless” measures against the perpetrators.

Plight of the People:

The residents of the areas under curfew have been the worst hit. They have been restricted in their houses without adequate food, water, and other essentials. While they were already combating the disrupted food supplies in containment zones, the shops would remain closed again after the imposition of section 144. Pregnant women, old and sick people have to walk to hospitals as there is no transport. A man who stepped out to buy medicines for his ill daughter was caned.

Links with Terror Groups:

The CCB has detained a suspect on August 17 for being involved in the riots, who has connections with the terror group Al-Hind and is the accused in the murder case of RSS activist Rudresh. The suspect, Samiuddin (42), is a resident of Nagawara and has been taken into custody for further investigation. He was active on social media during the riots and gathered the protestors.

Al-Hind, formed by Mehboob Pasha, Khaja Moideen, and associates, has been under the radar of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connections with the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS).

On August 19, NIA arrested a 28-year-old ophthalmologist working at MS Ramaiah Medical for his alleged links with the ISIS terror outfit.

As per the press released by NIA, Abdur Rahman, a resident of Basavangudi, allegedly developed a medical application to help the injured ISIS cadres in conflict zones and another weapons-related application for ISIS fighters.

According to NIA, arrested accused Rahman is an active member of the banned terror outfit, Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), and identified with ISIS. During interrogation, he further confessed that “he was conspiring with accused Jahanzaib Sami and other Syria-based ISIS operatives on secure messaging platforms to further ISIS activities,” read the NIA press release report.

The report also revealed that “Rahman had visited an ISIS medical camp in Syria in early 2014 for the treatment of ISIS terrorists and stayed with Islamic State operatives for ten days and returned to India.”

After arresting Rahman, they searched the premises of his property in Bengaluru with the assistance of Karnataka Police and seized digital devices, mobile phones, and a laptop containing incriminating materials.

“Rahman will be produced before the NIA Special Court at New Delhi, and NIA remand will seek his custodial interrogation,” read the NIA report.

MS Ramaiah Hospital issued a statement saying that the college was not aware of Rahman’s activities outside the campus.

Currently, the police have arrested Wajid Pasha, a member of the JDS party and Tippu Tiger Organization, who was on the run after the incident. Further developments are anticipated regarding the Bengaluru violence.

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Raped And Murdered In Nangal; Family Asks For Capital Punishment

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The nine-year-old girl was cremated on Aug.1, 2021, without seeking her parents’ permission. The parent’s suspects’ it was rape as her mother was kept away while the priest performed the cremation. The Chief of Bhim Army, Chandrasekhar Azad, has reached their parents and offered legal and financial help.

The villagers have been protesting against the incident and blocked the Containment Roads’ towards the Janakpuri. They are demanding the accused to be hanged to death. The Senior police officer, Joint Commissioner Jaspal Singh, and DCP Ingit Pratap Singh visited the protesting site. They assured the villagers’ justice for the girl and her family. 

While speaking with villagers, Singh said, “All the four accused Radhey Shyam (55), the priest, Kuldeep Kumar (63), Laxmi Narain (48) and Mohammad Salim (49) are in prison. Also, A medical team of 3 members have been set up to carry out of the Autopsy of remaining’s of the girl. And an ACP ranked Officer will investigate the case”. He also requested villagers to give written grievances to Police officers.

The victim’s mother doubts that her daughter had been raped, and thus she was cremated without their permission. The rape charges were not added in the case in the Initial stage. But the rape charges were added after the SC/ST committee visited and spoke with the parents, the Officer leading the case. The Victim identity is kept hidden as per the guidelines of the supreme court and to give privacy to family and avoid media trials. 

“As per current details found by CCTV footage, the girl was seen entering the cremation location around 5 PM and the accused went looking for mother around 6 PM. The properties from the locations are taken for forensic tests and autopsy reports are in process,”. Said the officer-in-charge.

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Flood Wreaked Havoc On Madhya Pradesh.

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Many districts in Madhya Pradesh were hit by heavy flooding on August 3, 2021, due to an unparalleled 800mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. One thousand seven hundred and seventy-one villages are affected due to heavy floods. 

Heavy flooding in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh, has affected more than a lack of people who have been stuck in the local river. There was a complete power cut, and the mobile network had been cut off since August 2, 2021. The everyday life of people living in the Niwadi and Tikamgarh districts has stopped due to heavy rainfall. The severe rain has been in Guna, Shivpuri, Sheopur, Morena, Datia, Gwalior and Chambal regions. The rivers like Chambal, Kwari, Sindh, Kuno, and Seep have overflowed above the danger mark. The bridge collapsed on river Sindh, near Ratanpur village as the water released from Harsi and Manikheda dams. Double-storey buildings of some areas submerged. 

According to locals, the mobile phones of all the authorities, newspaper offices and local TV channels had ceased. There was a power cut in the city. Rail services in the areas like Shivpuri and Gwalior are affected too. A 50-year-old Nurse, identified as Sumanlata Joshi, was electrocuted in Shivpuri town as an electric current ran into her flooded house in the Kamlaganj area. 

As per officials, three advanced light helicopters and a Russian-made Mi-17 chopper have been sent for rescue operations from the Indian Air Force station. Seven teams of the SDRF are posted in the Shivpuri district for rescue operations. The SDRF has deployed five and two of its units in the communities like Sheopur and Datia. One thousand six hundred people were saved by NDRF and SDRF teams, yet 200 villages are still stuck in the flooded areas.

The chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said the speed of rain has reduced and there will be no terrible rains. They are trying to provide relief and evacuate the people in the affected areas as soon as possible.

The chief minister chaired an emergency meeting in Bhopal on the flood situation of the Gwalior-Chambal region. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assuring that the Centre will be providing all the help to Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister also said that he is very grateful to the Prime Minister for all the cooperation.

The Chief Minister said he held a meeting where he discussed the flood situation in Madhya Pradesh with the prime minister. The Chief Minister, too, discussed help from the Indian Army in the flood-hit areas. Also, they are informing Prime Minister Modi about the rescue operation in those areas. Mr Chouhan said they had shifted four troops of the Army in most flood-affected areas to evacuate more flood-affected people. The SDRF team is handling the situation very well. Ministers are monitoring the status of the problem. 

Union Minister Amit Shah Tweeted discussed the situation of Madhya Pradesh with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The central government will provide all the help to the state. In this challenging situation, their government is standing with the people of the state.

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Dhanbad Judge Death, Spurs Concern About Threats Faced By Members Of Judiciary

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On July 28, 2021, Dhanbad Additional Sessions Judge Uttam Anand died preceding an alleged hit and run accident. The incident took place near his house when Mr Anand was out for his morning walk, and an auto-rickshaw hit him from behind, following which it drove away. Mr Anand was hospitalized by a passer-by, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The accident is suspecting to be a case of hit and run until the CCTV footage of the accident was recovered, leading to a murder investigation. The video footage shows that the three-wheeler swerved in the Judge’s direction and drove away after knocking him down. A Special Investigations Team [SIT] is formed by the Jharkhand Chief Minister, Hemant Soren, to investigate the death of the Additional Session District judge. 

On July 31, 2021, Jharkhand’s Chief Minister Hemant Soren even took to Twitter to announce his decision to order a CBI probe into the matter. 

An officer-in-charge of Jharkhand’s Pathardih Police Station, Umesh Manjhi, is also suspended for not registering the concerned FIR on time. Sanjeev Kumar, Dhanbad SSP, has confirmed the same. The alleged murder of the Judge is a massive concern over the threats faced by the members of the Judiciary, especially by the trial judges across the country. 

The Supreme Court has taken up a Suo moto cognizance of Mr Anand’s demise, titled ‘In Re: Safeguarding courts and protecting [death of Additional Session Judge, Dhanbad]. Also, the bench led by the Chief Justice of India has expressed its concern over the stressful working conditions and threats amidst which the trial judges have to function.

“The Dhanbad case has wider ramifications. We are getting reports that judicial officers are under attack across the country. We want to examine this issue and may seek reports from the state.” Said the Chief Justice of India. 

The Jharkhand Government and the Director-General of Police are asked to submit the required documents and affidavits by the Supreme Court within the week. Also, the Supreme Court has declared the Suo moto would not interfere or hamper with the probe issued by the Jharkhand High Court into the Judge’s death. 

According to a source in Special Investigations Team [SIT], the three-wheeler drivers were under the influence of a sedative, Nitrosun 10 — a drug prescribed for patients suffering from anxiety disorders and illicit alcohol. 

As per police sources, four men were arrested, including the vehicle driver, the shopkeeper who sold them the drug, and the vehicle owner.

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