The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested 17 persons in the Bengaluru riots case. The accused are office-bearers, active members and sympathizers of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the Popular Front of India (PFI).
With this development, the number of arrests in the riots conspiracy case has gone up to 187. Besides launching an attack on Kadugondana Halli police station in August of this year, the accused were charged by the NIA for extensive use of social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp “to spread terror among people”.
They also mobilised people from faraway places with the intention of creating panic and terror, the NIA stated.
Among the 187 accused, most have been charged for carrying out violent attacks and large scale rioting at KG Halli Police Station in Bengaluru on August 11. The violence was triggered after a Facebook post by Naveen, the nephew of Congress MLA from Pulakeshi Nagar, Akhanda Srinivas Murthy.
The NIA took over the case in September of this year.