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Bengaluru riots were planned, will recover damages from rioters: Karnataka govt

The Karnataka government said it has decided to recover the damages from rioters just like in Uttar Pradesh.
Three people were killed in police firing and scores of others wounded, including at least 50 policemen in the violence and arson that erupted in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

The Karnataka government on Wednesday said damages suffered in Tuesday night’s riots in Bengaluru will be recovered from people who were involved in the riots in the state capital. The state government also said the riots were planned and the police have earmarked some suspects.

Speaking to India Today TV about the matter, Karnataka minister CT Ravi said, “The riot was planned. Petrol bombs and stones were used in destruction of property. Over 300 vehicles were burnt. We have suspects but can only confirm after investigation.”

The minister said the state government has decided to recover the damages from the rioters. “We will do asset recovery from rioters like in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

“As per the direction of the Supreme Court to all states, in case of rioting where public property has been damaged, it should be recovered from the persons who have were involved in the rioting. We are identifying the people involved and assessing the damage suffered,” he said, adding that the “conspiracy” will be out soon.

Speaking in a similar vein, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka too said the Bengaluru riots were “well planned act”. Speaking to PTI, he said “traitors”, who perpetrated the riots would be dealt with iron hand and steps would be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

On Tuesday night areas under Pulakeshinagar assembly constituency saw an unruly mob on a rampage torching vehicles and resorting to widespread arson. The riots were allegedly triggered by a ‘communally sensitive’ social media post.

Three people were killed in police firing, over 50 injured, including police personnel, and nearly 300 vehicles were gutted during the riots.

On Wednesday morning, charred vehicles, shards of glass from broken windows, stones and bricks lie strewn over the deserted roads of the violence-affected localities.

d his family members were targeted after a ‘communally sensitive’ social media post uploaded online allegedly by one of his relatives enraged a section of people.

“We were not at home when all this happened,” Jayanthi, the MLA’s sister said weeping inconsolably. “The only solace is that my brother and his family are safe,” she said.

The violent rioters also set on fire police vehicles and barged into DJ Halli police station on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday and damaged the property. Police have arrested about 110 people on charges of rioting.