Congress Leader Sampath Raj Arrested In Bengaluru Riots Case

The former city mayor was arrested by the Central Crime Branch on grounds of inciting communal violence in Bengaluru in August and setting MLA Srinivas Murthy’s residence on fire

Raghav N

November 17, 2020

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The Central Crime Branch arrested former city Mayor Sampath Raj yesterday, the prime accused in the Bangalore communal riots that took place on 11 August. He has been charged for orchestrating violence in the city and at the residence of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy.

The sitting Congress Corporator was absconding and had been evading his arrest for a while. He was under treatment for Coronavirus in a hospital, from where he went missing.

A mob went on a rampage in August, following an alleged blasphemous post by the nephew of Srinivas Murthy. It was later found that the entire incident was a pre-planned one, supervised by Sampath Raj against his own party member. Three people were killed and more than 50 policemen were injured while trying to get the crowd under control. The violent protesters stormed the police stations in DJ Halli and KJ Halli and torched the house of Murthy.

According to reports, more than 2000 people participated in the aggression, forcing the state to impose curfew through section 144 in parts of Bengaluru.

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