NIA team took over the investigation to find the key conspirators in the Bengaluru riots that broke out on August 11 this year. After carrying out searches at thirty locations throughout the city of Bengaluru, they have arrested Sayyed Saddiq Ali, 44 on Tuesday, who worked as a recovery agent with a bank and had been absconding since August, immediately after the violence broke out.
He has been arrested under the suspicion of involvement in the attack on Kodugodanahalli police station on the day the violence broke out and spread across essential locations on the city. An NIA statement regarding the searches carried out in the thirty locations within the city said: “During searches, air guns, pellets, sharp weapons, iron rods, digital devices, Dynamic Vision Resources, and many incriminating documents and materials related to SDPI and PFI have been seized.”
On the day of the riot, a mob of more than 1000 people had gathered in front of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy’s residence in Kaval Byrasandra following the news of the MLA’s nephew’s Facebook post that was allegedly derogatory to the Muslims. SDFI State Secretary Muzamil pasha, along with other SDPI and PFI members, gathered an angry mob at the MLA house, the MLA’s nephew Naveen’s house, and at the campuses of DG Halli and KG Halli police stations.
The group soon turned violent and vandalized public places, set fire in the police station campuses, and created panic and disorder throughout various city pockets that left four people dead, many injured, and damage to private and public properties.