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Karnataka Bengaluru News August 12 Highlights: Curfew imposed in violence-hit areas of city, situation under control, say Police

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News August 12 Highlights: Violence had broken out after a mob gathered outside the residence of a legislator in northeast Bengaluru late Tuesday, pelting stones and setting ablaze some vehicles, allegedly because they were irked by a derogatory social media post shared by the MLA’s relative.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 13, 2020 8:18:05 am
bengaluru violence, bangalore mla house attack, bangalore violence arrests, congressOn Tuesday, a mob attacked the house of Pulakeshinagar MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy over an alleged derogatory Facebook post by his nephew. (Express Photo)

Karnataka Bengaluru Coronavirus News August 12 Highlights: Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant Wednesday morning confirmed the arrest of the accused named Naveen for uploading derogatory posts. “Also a total of 110 accused have been arrested for arson, stone-pelting, and assault on police,” Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said.

READ | Bengaluru violence: At least three dead, over 50 cops injured

Violence had broken out after a mob gathered outside the residence of a legislator in northeast Bengaluru late Tuesday, pelting stones and setting ablaze some vehicles, allegedly because they were irked by a derogatory social media post shared by the MLA’s relative.

READ | Bengaluru MLA’s house attacked over ‘derogatory post by relative’

The incident took place at Kaval Byrasandra in Bengaluru, outside Pulkeshinagar Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy’s house. The mob alleged that a Facebook post by the MLA’s relative was offensive to Islam and its beliefs.

Meanwhile, 6257 more people tested positive for coronavirus in Karnataka as the total rose to 1,88,611 on Tuesday. However, discharges (6473) outnumbered fresh cases confirmed in the last 24 hours.

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18:08 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Magisterial probe to investigate violence: Home Minister

A magisterial enquiry will be carried out to investigate the violence East Bengaluru witnessed late Tuesday evening, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.

"After a high-level meeting with Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, we have decided to order a Magisterial Enquiry by the District Executive Magistrate as per the National Human Rights Commission guidelines," Bommai said.

He added that the losses caused by the damaged property during the incident will be recovered from perpetrators identified by the police. "This will be done as per the Supreme Court directions in place," he clarified, adding action will be taken immediately in this regard.

15:55 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Bengaluru violence: Akhanda Srinivasmurthy seeks protection from the government

MLA Akhanda Srinivasmurthy whose house was ransacked on Wednesday night seeks protection from the government.

Speaking to reporters, Srinivasmurthy demanded for a CBI or CID probe. "This incident has no connection with me.The mob had attacked my house using a petrol bomb. I have requested police security from Chief Minister and Minister R Ashoka."

Speaking about Naveen, whose derogatory social media post triggered violence last night, Srinivasmurthy said, "Naveen is my elder sister's son and we are not in touch with them from past 10 years."

15:37 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Rizwan Arshad condemns violence in city

Shivaji Nagar MLA Rizwan Arshad condemned the violence in Bengaluru on Tuesday night and tweeted, "What happened yesterday in DJ Halli was not right, I strongly condemn, I also strongly condemn the derogatory post which led to the flare-up." (sic)

He added that the situation is under control now.

15:13 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Incident looks like 'pre-planned conspiracy': Janata Dal (Secular)

The Janata Dal (Secular) party Wednesday alleged a "pre-planned conspiracy" demanding immediate action against the perpetrators.

While former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda urged the state government to take ”merciless” action against those involved, former CM H D Kumaraswamy said the government should ensure such incidents do not repeat.

“No religion or community is above the law and anyone who does not respect the law of the land should be punished. The Government should ensure that such incidents never repeat by taking strict action," Kumaraswamy wrote on Twitter, adding that the incident "looks like pre-planned conspiracy."

The party leaders further extended support to the government in maintaining peace and harmony in the state.

15:12 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Bengaluru violence: 145 arrested, 3 confirmed dead

Bengaluru city police have arrested 145 people till Tuesday afternoon pertaining to last night's violence, arson in DJ Halli and KG Halli area.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Sandeep Patil, the Joint Commissioner of Police (crime), said, "In the violence and rioting cases in the city so far we have arrested 145 accused and arrest is still going on."

Meanwhile, Section 144 CrPC imposed in Bengaluru city, curfew in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits. Three people died and several police personnel were injured.

15:11 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Let violence not stand a place in our society: Bengaluru citizen forum

Following the incident that took place in Bengaluru Tuesday night, several civic organisations have come forward calling for peace and demanding an "unbiased" police investigation.

Bengaluru-based citizen forum Naavu Bahrateeyaru, the latest among them appealed to the people of the city to refrain from falling for rumours and incitement.

"..and to the police, to act impartially and investigate all of yesterday’s incidents, and ensure that no innocent person is targeted. Let’s all work towards maintaining peace and an immediate return to normalcy," the statement issued by the Forum read.

"Let us all come together as one to fight the pandemic and to fight any divisive efforts. Let violence not stand a place in our society," Naavu Bhararateeyaru appealed.

14:22 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Bengaluru violence: Local residents say involvement of SDPI; Minister

Karnataka Revenue minister R Ashoka said that SDPI members may have been involved in the violence in DJ halli and KG Halli area on Tuesday night.

"Let us live in peace, our police system is strong. According to local residents from the violence hit areas, they doubt involvement of SDPI members.The government will also investigate this angle, " Ashoka said in a tweet.

14:21 (IST)12 Aug 2020
CRPF to be deployed in violence hit areas: Karnataka home minister Bommai

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the police had to resort to firing as a last step to bring the violence under control at DJ Halli and KG Halli limits. Now, the situation is under control.

Six additional CRPF platoons have been called from Hyderabad and Chennai to Bengaluru. Rapid action force, Garuda commandoes have also been deployed.

14:06 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Bengaluru violence: Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru

Section 144 has been imposed in Bengaluru by Bengaluru city Police commissioner after violence broke out in DJ Halli and KG Halli area. Section 144 is imposed in Bengaluru city from Wednesday (6 am) to Thursday (6am), commissioner said in an order.

13:56 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Siddaramaiah tests negative for COVID-19

After nine days of treatment in the hospital, former chief minister of Karnataka and Congress's leader of the opposition, Siddaramaiah, tested negative for covid-19 on Wednesday.

On August 4, Siddaramaiah was admitted to Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru, after testing positive for the coronavirus. According to the statement by his office, the throat swab and blood test conducted for the second time, have come negative and will be discharged tomorrow.

'Doctors have said that Siddaramaiah will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow,' the statement added.

Siddaramaiah, who turned 72 on Wednesday had fever during the initial two days, and he had no symptoms of the infection according to Manipal Hospital. His son and Congress legislator Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah had tested positive for Covid-19 on August 7. Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa who was also undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at the same hospital was discharged earlier this week.

13:54 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Bengaluru violence: Congress conducts all-leaders meet

In the wake of the violent protests and other untoward incidents that took place in KG Halli, DJ Halli, and surrounding areas of East Bengaluru on Tuesday, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D K Shivakumar summoned all party leaders from the city for an urgent meeting on Wednesday.

All Congress MLAs, MLCs, former Bengaluru mayors, and other leaders got together at the party headquarters at Queen's Road in the city to discuss methods to ensure peace and harmony among people in the affected areas.

11:02 (IST)12 Aug 2020
At least three dead, over 50 cops injured

At least three people died in violent clashes with the police in east Bengaluru late Tuesday night, over an alleged derogatory social media post uploaded by a Congress legislator’s relative. The incident took place between DJ Halli and KG Halli areas after a mob started pelting stones and torching vehicles.

Confirming the deaths, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant told IndianExpress.com, “We have learned that three people have died during the incident. However, we are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind these deaths.”

Pant said over 50 police personnel, including senior officers at the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) level, were also injured in the incident. “Police jeeps, buses, and other vehicles parked in the area were torched by the mob. Stone pelting was also rampant in the area during the late hours. Two vehicles in which DCPs arrived at the site were overturned and burnt,” Pant said.

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11:01 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Siddaramaiah condemns Bengaluru violence

Former Chief Minister and leader of opposition Siddaramaiah condemned the attack on the house of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy on Tuesday night.

“I condemn both violent incident that erupted in Kaval Byrsandra & also the social media post that instigated the mob. I humbly request both Hindus & Muslims of the area to stay calm, maintain peace & live in harmony,” Siddaramaiah said in a Tweet.

Siddaramaiah also said that he will extend complete support to the Karnataka Government in establishing peace. “I have spoken to Bengaluru Police Commissioner to immediately arrest all the culprits who were involved in the incident & also those instigated,” Siddaramaiah said.

“Our experience tells us that only innocents suffer in the communal riots. I urge leaders from both the religion to discuss and resolve the issue amicably & restore peace in the area,” he added.

10:40 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Death toll climbs to 16 as heavy rains continue in Karnataka

Sixteen people have died and four are still missing in Karnataka due to the floods and landslides in various parts of the state

According to the state government official data, 12 districts have been affected by the torrential rain. In 16 deaths, four each have been reported from Chikkamagaluru and Dakshina Kannada districts. Kodagu has reported two deaths while Dharwad, Hassan, Uttara Kannada, Mysuru, Haveri, and Udupi have one each.

The state government has started 108 relief camps where 3,244 people who have been displaced have taken shelter. Also, agriculture crops in about 33,477 ha and horticulture crops in over 34,791 ha have been affected.

09:04 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Bengaluru violence: Three deaths confirmed, over 50 cops injured

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant told Indianexpress.com that three deaths were confirmed in the clashes that took place between DJ Halli and KG Halli areas late Tuesday night. "We have learned that three people have died during the incident. However, we are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind these deaths," Pant said.

Further, he added that over 50 police personnel including senior officers at the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) level were injured in the incident. "Police jeeps, buses, and other vehicles parked in the area were burnt by the violent mob. Stone pelting was also rampant in the area during the late hours. Two vehicles in which DCPs arrived at the site were overturned and burnt," he added.

08:58 (IST)12 Aug 2020
5 dead, 27 injured after bus catches fire

Five people, including a baby were charred to death and 27 injured last night in Hiriyur near Chitradurga district, after their bus caught fire on National Highway 4. The injured have been shifted to a hospital for treatment.

08:31 (IST)12 Aug 2020
In meeting with PM, Karnataka minister assures of 50,000 daily Covid tests; data suggests otherwise

Speaking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a virtual meeting along with nine other states, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday claimed the state has increased the number of Covid tests from 20,000 per day to 50,000, and plans to further enhance it to 75,000 soon.

However, statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services suggested otherwise. As per the media bulletin issued on Monday, the total number of tests done on August 10 was 22,620, including 8,193 Rapid Antingen Detection Tests and 14,427 tests classified as RT-PCR. Most samples to date were tested on August 6 when 48,421 were collected from across 30 districts of the state. Meanwhile, 43,924 samples were tested on Tuesday.

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08:30 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Bengaluru Violence: Cops confirm arrest of accused for uploading derogatory post

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant Wednesday morning confirmed the arrest of the accused named Naveen for uploading derogatory posts. “Also a total of 110 accused have been arrested for arson, stone-pelting, and assault on police,” Police Commissioner Kamal Pant said.

08:29 (IST)12 Aug 2020
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Karnataka, COVID-19, Sudhakar, Ashwathnarayan CN The team led by Medical Education Minister Sudhakar, Deputy Chief Minister Ashwathnarayan CN and top government officials were speaking in a meeting held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assess the pandemic situation on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, speaking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a virtual meeting along with nine other states, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar Tuesday claimed the state has increased the number of Covid tests from 20,000 per day to 50,000, and plans to further enhance it to 75,000 soon.

READ | In meeting with PM, Karnataka minister assures of 50,000 daily Covid tests; data suggests otherwise

At the same time, Karnataka has so far collected Rs 6.65 crore in fine from violators for not wearing masks and not following social distancing norms.

“5.7 lakh people were warned for violating home quarantine, 5821 FIRs were filed, and 3246 repeated violators were moved to Institution Quarantine,” Medical Education Minister Sudhakar said.

Here are a few contacts that might come handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

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