Bengaluru riots: Karnataka to approach HC for appointment of Claim Commissioner to assess loss to properties

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The government initiated stern action including slapping the stringent UAPA against the people indulged in the violence

The Karnataka will approach the High Court seeking its approval for the appointment of an officer to assess the damage happened to properties in Bengaluru city during the rioting and violence August 11 by a section of people over a social media post.

The state government is reportedly slapping the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against the people who instigated the violence indicating that the accused will face tough action in the coming days.

The state government will move the High Court seeking the appointment of a 'Claim Commissioner' to calculate the damage caused to public as well as private properties during the violence and recover the damages from the people involved in the rioting.

The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday. State Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and senior officials were also present in the meeting.

In a tweet, Yediyurappa said, "Our Govt has decided to assess the damages caused to public & private property in the violent incidents in KG Halli & DG Halli & recover the costs from the culprits. We will approach Hon'ble High Court for appointment of Claim Commissioner as per Hon'ble Supreme Court order."

The government will go after all the accused behind the violence and stern action, including invoking the UAPA, has been initiated against them.

"Stringent action has been initiated against the culprits of DJ Halli and KG Halli violent incidents including invoking of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act - UAPA Act," he said in another tweet.

The state government had last week decided to recover the loss caused to public and private property during the violence in parts of the city on August 11 night, by making rioters pay for it.

Bommai told the reporters that following the directions of the chief minister to recover losses from the rioters, the state government through Advocate General will file an appeal before the High Court seeking appointment of Claim Commissioner immediately.

Later a statement issued by the CMO stated that it was resolved in the meeting to approach the High Court for appointment of Claim Commissioner as per the order of Supreme Court for the purposes of assessment of damages caused to private and public property and for recovery from the culprits.

The statement further stated that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has already been formed to investigate the incident in a thorough manner and a team of three special public prosecutors would be appointed for conducting the cases.

"The invocation of the Goonda Act will also be considered by the SIT in the cases wherever the provisions are attracted," it said.

 

The violence in D J Halli and adjoining areas on August 11 night was unleashed by hundreds of people over an inflammatory social media post allegedly put out by P Naveen, a relative of Pulakeshinagar Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy.

The MLA's residence and a police station at D J Halli were torched by rioters who also set many police and private vehicles afire, and looted the belongings of the legislator and his sister.

Three persons were killed in police action and sever people injured including over 50 police personnel in the violence.

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: Deccan Herald

 

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