The National Investigation Agency (NIA) made a breakthrough in the Bengaluru violence case by arresting accused key conspirator Sayed Saddiq Ali for instigating an attack on KG Halli Police Station on August 11.

As per reports, the accused, a sympathiser of SDPI and PFI, is a bank payments recovery agent. During search operations, officials found an airgun, pellets, sharp weapons, iron rods, digital devices, DVRs and many Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and Popular Front of India (PFI) related documents and materials, which were seized.

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National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Ali in Bengaluru on Thursday for involvement in the attack on KG Halli Police Station in Bengaluru that took place in the late evening of August 11, resulting in huge damage and destruction of public and government property. This included damage to the police station building and vehicles parked in the police station premises and nearby areas.

The investigation was taken over by NIA based on the directions from the Union Home Ministry under sections 143, 147, 307, 436, 353, 332, 333, 427, 504, 506, 149 and 34 of the IPC, section 4 of Prevention of Damage to Public property Act, section 2 of Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act and section 15, 16, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, reports stated.

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On August 11, following a derogatory social media post by Naveen, nephew of Pulakeshi Nagar MLA Srinivas Akhanda Murthy that hurt religious sentiments of Muslims, a deadly violence was reported in Bengaluru East in which DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations were attacked

Police have already arrested Muzamil Pasha, state secretary of SDPI for barging in along with fellow PFI members and leading a mob to the houses of Naveen, MLA Akhanda Murthy and to the premises of DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations. The mob vandalised the premises and resorted to arson, creating fear and panic among the masses as per observations from the probing agency.