Bengaluru: A political rivalry between a former Bengaluru mayor, a former councillor and MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy led to the violence on August 11 that rocked Bengaluru, according to the charge sheet by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) that investigated the case.
The charge sheet has named Sampath Raj, a former Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP – the civic body) mayor from the Congress, his personal assistant Arun, car driver Santhosh, Mujahid Khan, and former Pulakeshinagar councillor Abdul Rakhib Zakir.
According to the chargesheet, a closed group of people, which included the accused members, allegedly planned an attack on the residence of MLA Akhand Srinivasa Murthy by asking Mujahid Khan to instigate members of the Muslim community to turn against the MLA.
The attack was planned months in advance and the accused members took advantage of the situation on August 11 — an alleged offensive Facebook post – the chargesheet stated.
It may be recalled that a violent mob launched simultaneous attacks on the police station at DJ Halli and the residence and office of MLA R Akhand Srinivasa Murthy in Kaval Byrasandra in Bengaluru on the night of August 11. The mob was angered by a Facebook comment made by P Naveen, a relative of Akhand Srinivasa Murthy, which was deemed offensive to Muslims.
The violence, which started on the night of August 11, was brought under control around 1 am on August 12 after the police opened fire to quell the mob, killing three people by gunshot.