Bengaluru violence: Ex-mayor R Sampath Raj and corporator questioned in riots case

They were summoned by authorities to find out whether local politics in DJ Halli area was the reason behind the violence on 11 August

Press Trust of India August 19, 2020 00:10:25 IST
Bengaluru violence: Ex-mayor R Sampath Raj and corporator questioned in riots case

Former Bengaluru mayor R Sampath Raj and Pulakeshinagar ward corporator Abdul Rakeeb Zakir were on Tuesday summoned for questioning by the Central Crime Branch in connection with the violence in parts of the city, Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said.

"Yes," Pant told PTI in a reply to a query whether Raj and Zakir, both Congress functionaries, were summoned for questioning.

According to police sources, Raj, who is now the Devara Jeevanahalli corporator, and ward corporator Zakir appeared before the CCB officials in the afternoon and were questioned for many hours.

The reason for summoning them was to find out whether the local politics in DJ Halli was the reason behind the violence on 11 August, in which the Pulakeshinagar Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy's house was torched.

Murthy's sister Jayanthi's house was also attacked.

Police sources said a few aides of Raj were reportedly seen during the violence and the police were verifying information that Zakir had forwarded a few WhatsApp messages, which might have caused the unrest.

"We are only verifying certain information for which we questioned them.There is nothing concrete as of now," a police officer said.

Karnataka home minister Basavaraj Bommai had claimed that the internal strife in the Congress coupled with the upcoming Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (city corporation) elections had resulted in the violence in Pulakeshinagar.

Refuting Bommai's statement, the state Congress chief DK Shivakumar had alleged that the government was trying to cover up its failure to prevent the violence by giving misleading statements.

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