Bengaluru riots: Former Congress Mayor Sampath Raj named as conspirator in attack on MLA Murthy’s house

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Following the revelation of Raj’s role in the violence, the MLA reportedly sought protection from the state government

In a major twist in the Bengaluru violence in August this year, the police named R Sampath Raj, former Congress Mayor of Bengaluru, as one of the main conspirators in the attack and arson on the house of his own party’s MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy.

Following the revelation of Raj’s role in the violence, the MLA reportedly sought protection from the state government.

The violent mob had torched the house of Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy, Congress legislator from Pulikeshinagar, was torched on August 11 this year.

The mob resorted to violence after Murthy’s relative allegedly posted an objectionable material on social media.

The Central Crime Branch (CCB), which is probing the Bengaluru riots, submitted a preliminary chargesheet to the court naming 60 people, including Raj, as accused.

Congress corporator of Pulakeshinagar Abdul Rakeeb Zakir has also been named as accused in the preliminary chargesheet furnished in the court.

Murthy’s residence and the DJ Halli police station were among those targeted by the angry mob. When the incident took place, the MLA was not present in the house.

The mob also torched many police and private vehicles, badly damaged the house and looted the belongings of MLA Murthy and those of his sister.

Police have reportedly submitted clinching evidence including digital proof to establish the role of Raj in the violence.

Police believe that Raj wanted to tarnish the image of Murthy and he used the the kin’s social media post as an opportunity to target him.

The chargesheet has been filed in connection with an FIR based on a complaint of Murthy, who had alleged that the arson had damaged movable and immovable properties worth Rs 3 crore, reported The New Indian Express.

The police registered more than 50 FIRs in connection with the rioting and arson of DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations. The rioters allegedly set on fire over 600 vehicles, including police buses, jeeps and vans in the night of August 11.

Police said that as many as 421 people have been arrested, including the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leader Muzammil Pasha.

The National Investigation Agency is also probing the matter and has nabbed the prime accused in the case.

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