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Bengaluru violence: No decision on banning ‘certain organisations’, says Karnataka law minister

"We had a detailed discussion but we did not take any concrete decision because till now as of now we dont have any report and closed the matter only after discussing it," Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru | Updated: August 21, 2020 8:25:37 am
Bengaluru violence, Bengaluru riots, Bengaluru Facebook post violence, Karnataka violence, Express Explained, Indian ExpressThree people were killed in police firing and the fourth one succumbed to injuries during violence in D J Halli and adjoining areas on August 11

Over a week after violence was reported from the streets of Devarajeevanahalli (DJ Halli) and Kadugodanahalli (KG Halli) in East Bengaluru, the Karnataka government Thursday said they did not take any decision to ban “certain organisations” which were allegedly behind the violence on the night of August 11.

“We had a detailed discussion but we did not make any concrete decision because as of now we don’t have any report (from police and other government departments) and we closed the matter after discussing it,” Law Minister J C Madhuswamy told reporters after a meeting of the State cabinet.

He was reacting to queries on whether the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), and the Popular Front of India (PFI) would be banned in the state for its alleged role in the mob violence that took place on August 11.

He added that a final call will be taken only after getting reports from police and other departments. “After getting the reports, the government will certainly initiate action. If needed, we don’t mind even amending the existing law,” the Minister said.

Further, Madhuswamy explained that the government is looking into the matter from legal aspects as well. “We are yet to get reports from the police with concrete evidence. Suitable action will be initiated once we get the investigation report,” he said.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said chief minister B S Yediyurappa will discuss the matter of banning the SDPI group with the Centre.

“The Cabinet appreciated the government’s decision to recover the cost of damages caused during the rioting from those who took part in the violence itself. With regard to deciding whether to ban SDPI, the CM has said that he will discuss the matter with the Centre,” he said.

Three people were killed in police firing and the fourth one succumbed to injuries during violence in D J Halli and adjoining areas on August 11 night over a purportedly inflammatory social media post put out by a relative of a local Congress legislator.

A day after the incident, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said the government was considering banning organisations like the PFI and SDPI for their alleged role in the violence.  The Bengaluru City Police had also identified several accused as SDPI members after filing the initial bunch of First Information Reports (FIRs).

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