The Bengaluru police have arrested a local SDPI leader Muzammil Pasha, allegedly the mastermind behind the in riots.
According to Suvarna News, Pasha went to the police station along with other people to register a complaint against a Congress MLA’s nephew over the alleged derogatory Facebook post. He then addressed the mob outside the police station and joined the other set of mob protesting outside the residence of the Congress MLA.
The SDPI leader, along with two other SDPI leaders, Jaffar and Khaleel Pasha is said to have instigated the Muslim mob to pelt stones and set the vehicles on fire. These two SDPI workers have fled the spot.
The cops have also obtained CCTV footage showing Pasha distributing money to rioters ahead of the violence which means that riots in the area was a pre-planned attack as the rioters were already mobilised through social media posts.
Violent protests broke out in eastern Bengaluru on Tuesday night over a Facebook post on Prophet Muhammad allegedly shared by a relative of a Congress MLA. The Bengaluru Police have arrested 110 people for stone-throwing, violence, and assault on police personnel. Section 144 has been imposed in Bengaluru while curfew has been imposed in DJ Halli, KG Halli, and Kaval Byrasandra police station limits.