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Months after Bengaluru riots, NIA raids 43 locations across city, finds swords and weapons ready to be used in any ‘violence’

Offices of Islamic organizations like SDPI & PFI were raided by NIA following which they found extremist literature, and excess of weapons that are used in riots just like in Delhi.
Police walks past a street where vehicles were burnt by rioters. [IMAGE- PTI Photo]

During the riots, a huge number of people gathered in a very short period of time, and all of them armed, and now it is clear from where they get these weapons, swords after the NIA raids at the offices of SDPI and PFI.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at several places in connection with the Bengaluru riots, including four offices of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). SDPI is the political wing of the Muslim extremist organization Political Front of India (PFI). According to a statement issued by NIA, the raids were conducted on a total of 43 locations in Bengaluru, Karanataka in relation to the horrific riots that had shaken the city of Bengaluru in August this year.

The NIA took over the investigation of the two cases of arson and rioting on September 21, 2020, as the state police had invoked the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act as the mobs had attacked two police stations – Deevara Jeevana Halli and Kadugondanahalli.

As many as 124 accused have been arrested in the DJ Halli case, while another 169 were arrested in KG Halli case after the NIA registered 2 FIRs.

On August 11, more than 1,000 people had gathered in front of Congress MLA (Pulakeshinagar) Akhanda Srinivas Murthy’s residence in Kavalbyrasandra, Bengaluru. The mob was allegedly protesting against a derogatory social media (Facebook) post about Prophet Mohammed uploaded by Naveen, nephew of the sitting MLA.

The NIA has noted that the SDPI state secretary Muzammil Pasha had called for a meeting on the day of the riots and directed the members of PFI/SDPI to instigate the mob and incite violence. The mob went on a rampage in DJ Halli, KG Halli, and Pulakeshi Nagar.

This could lead to a ban on SDPI and PFI since the matter seems to be building up and several political leaders are asking for it.