Bengaluru riots: Karnataka govt to recommend for banning PFI, SDPI in state

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Once the proposal gets Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s nod, it will be sent to the Centre for its approval

The Karnataka government plans to recommend to the Centre for banning SDPI and PFI in the state.

It seems the state government’s move comes in the wake of the rioting by a section of people in Bengaluru late on August 12 over a derogatory social media post allegedly by the relative of a Congress legislator.

Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Friday evening said that the state government decided to recommend to the Centre to ban the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and Popular Front of India (PFI) in the state.

He said that once the proposal got Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s sanction, it would be sent to the Centre for its approval, reported The New Indian Express.

Three people were killed and over several people injured including 50 policemen after a section of agitated people went on rioting after the kin of a Congress MLA allegedly posted an objectionable post on the social media.

The violent mob attacked two police stations in Bengaluru city and set on fire scores of vehicles parked on the road

Since 2008, the government has collected proof on the involvement of these organisations in 17 incidents, including the murders of Prashant Poojari (Mangaluru), Kuttappa (Madikeri), Raju in Mysuru, and Rudresh (Bengaluru).

The Bengaluru police arrested nearly 300 people in connection with the rioting and violence in Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) and Kadugondana Halli (KG Halli) areas of the city and it is expected that more arrests would be made in the coming days.

Blame game begins over violence

Meanwhile, the riot case took a political colour after state Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and KPCC president DK Shivakumar engaged in a war of words over the arrest of people in connection with the case.

The arrest of a corporator’s husband Khaleem Pasha helped arrest 60 more people including three corporators based on his WhatsApp call and message details.

Bommai said that the corporators would have to appear before the police for interrogation.

This provoked Shivakumar and he alleged that BJP was behind the violence and the ruling party was blackmailing the Congress corporators to put the blame on the Cogress, reported Deccan Chronicle.

Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge sought a judicial probe headed by a sitting High Court judge into the Bengaluru violence.

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