Karnataka govt announces magisterial probe into Bengaluru riots; losses to be recovered from accused

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CRPF personnel started from Chennai and Hyderabad after the state government sought additional forces to meet any eventuality

Karnataka government on Wednesday announced magisterial probe into the Bengaluru riots that the tech city witnessed late on Tuesday evening and the losses would be recovered from the people indulged in the rioting and ransacking.

Talking to reporters, state Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that after the high-level meeting with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, it was decided to conduct a magisterial enquiry headed by a district executive magistrate as per National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) guidelines.

Bommai said that the government would also recover damage happened to the public property from the accused responsible for the rioting.

"One of the important announcements I want to make is that the recovery of losses (for damaged property), as per Supreme Court directions, should be recovered from the persons behind the incident. That action we are going to take immediately," the state home minister said.

In the day, about 150 persons were arrested in connection with the rioting and it is expected that more people would be nabbed for unleashing violence in the city on Tuesday night.

Bommai further said that people behind the violence are being identified and losses suffered is being assessed.

Detailed probe would be conducted into the incident and all those behind the conspiracy would be brought to the book, he said.

The home minister said that situation was under control and peace prevailed in the city.

Meanwhile, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel started from Chennai and Hyderabad after the state government sought additional forces to contain any eventuality, reported Deccan Herald.

One party of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will also reach Bengaluru in support of the Garuda teams and Rapid Action Force units deployed in the city.

Earlier in the day, Yediyurappa directed state police chief Praveen Sood to act tough on those responsible for the Tuesday night violence in KG Halli and DJ Halli limits. He also directed to deploy additional forces to ensure law and order in the area.

Karnataka Police Chief Praveen Sood on Wednesday met the chief minister and briefed him about about the developments sinceTuesday night.

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant informed through a tweet that with regard to incidents in DJ Halli, accused Naveen arrested for posting derogatory posts. 

Earlier, three people were reportedly killed in police firing and scores of others wounded, including at least 50 policemen in the violence and arson that erupted in the city on Tuesday night and continued till the wee hours of Wednesday.

Property of Congress legislator Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy and his family members were targeted after a 'communally sensitive' social media post uploaded online by one of his relatives enraged a section of people.


With inputs from Agency

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