Turning the tables and blaming the BJP authorities for the riots within the metropolis on Tuesday evening, senior Congress chief G. Parameshwara on Saturday stated failure of state intelligence and police led to the violent mob assault on the get together MLA’s home and a police station.
“The riot on August 11 night in the city’s eastern suburb is an absolute failure of the state intelligence and its police. Didn’t the state government have the information that its police station would be attacked and burnt? It had no clue that people would gather after a derogatory post on social media was brewing trouble,” Parameshwara informed reporters right here.
The former deputy chief minister within the JD-S-Congress coalition authorities (2018-19) is heading the get together’s fact-finding committee to verify causes for the mob violence during which Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy’s home and D.J. Halli police station within the Pulakeshinagar meeting section have been burnt and scores of autos and public property have been destroyed.
As the unruly mob went on a rampage, police resorted to firing to quell the violence and convey the state of affairs underneath management. Three youth died within the violence.
“As even innocent people, including boys were arrested after the riot, an atmosphere of fear has gripped the densely populated area,” stated Parameshwara.
The opposition get together’s 6-member committee visited the riot-hit space earlier within the day and met Murthy and the opposite affected individuals for a first-hand account of the violence, arson and mayhem that occurred on Tuesday evening.
“We are yet to talk to many people to find out what actually happened that led to rioting and looting. We will submit a report on our findings to the party’s state unit president D.K. Shivakumar, who appointed the probe panel,” he stated.
Noting that prima facie, the mob violence was triggered by a derogatory publish on Facebook by the MLA’s nephew, P. Naveen on that day, Parameshwara took exception to some ministers blaming the Congress for the riot, as a fallout of a rift within the opposition get together.
“On what basis they (ministers) are blaming our party and us? Why will we burn the house of our MLA? We are not saying action should not be taken against those involved in arson. We’ll be the last one to protect them,” Parameshwara stated, in search of judicial probe by a sitting excessive court docket decide.
“The ruling party (BJP) is talking about a Dalit MLA being attacked. If so, he should be given protection by the state government,” Parameshwara stated.
Meahwhile, Shivakumar refuted a cost by state dwelling minister Basavaraj Bommai that rift throughout the opposition get together had led to the riot.
“On what basis Bommai is saying it? If there is any rift, it is in the ruling BJP and not in our party as we are united,” Shivakumar informed reporters right here.
Accusing the BJP authorities for attempting to cover-up its failure to forestall the riots, Shivakumar stated police may have given safety to the MLA’s home in its space after a criticism was filed towards the accused for the derogatory publish three hours earlier than the riot occurred.
Asserting that the get together was with its MLA Murthy, the get together’s state unit chief stated strict motion must be taken towards the culprits behind the riot.
In a associated growth, Janata Dal-Secular legislator Basavaraj Horatti urged the state authorities to ban the Socialist Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and Popular Front of India (PFI) for the alleged involvement of their members within the riot.
“There is nothing wrong in banning any organisation engaged in anti-social activities if its members are found guilty after the investigation,” Horatti informed reporters at Hubballi within the state’s northwest area, about 400km from Bengaluru.
Blaming the state authorities for the riot within the metropolis, the previous legislative council chairman stated the mob violence may have been averted had the police acted upfront as some of the ministers claimed it was pre-planned.
“Such violence has become a black-spot for the state. Political blame-game even during the Covid-19 situation and violence is unfortunate. Life-term should be given to the guilty after the investigation,” stated Horatti.
(With Inputs from IANS)