Cong asks BJP to sack Yuva Morcha’s new supremo Tejasvi Surya after he calls Bengaluru a terror hub

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September 28, 2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 28: Tejasvi Surya, the new chief of the BJP's youth wing, has drawn criticism over his remark that Bengaluru has become the "epicentre of terror activities". While his tweet on the matter has drawn attacks on social media, with many pointing out that Karnataka is ruled by the BJP, the opposition Congress has said the BJP should sack the new youth leader.

Congress's DK Shivakumar -- the longtime trouble-shooter who is now heading the party's state unit -- said, "The BJP should sack him. He is killing Bengaluru. It is a shame or the BJP".

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has expressed support for the young MP. "'I have been asking the Prime Minister for NIA here for some years now. I congratulate the PM and Home Minister for agreeing," he said.  Asked whether he endorses Mr Surya's statement, Mr Yediyurappa said , "He just said in this sense that nowadays in Bangalore terrorist activities are increasing".

In an interaction with the media yesterday -- a first since he was named for the new post -- Tejasvi Surya said, "In last few years, Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India, has become the epicentre of terror activities. It has been proved through many arrests and sleeper terror cells busted by the investigative agency in the city".

Among evidence, the MP cited the recent mob attacks at the city's KJ Halli and DJ Halli areas.

"It is a matter of grave concern that NIA investigations into the DJ Halli and KG Halli mob violence in August have indicated that many terrorist organisations are using Bengaluru as their incubation centre for carrying out anti-India activities," he said.

In August, three persons were killed in police firing and 60 policemen were injured during clashes at DJ Halli and KG Halli areas in the eastern part of Bengaluru. The violence had started over an offensive Facebook post, allegedly by the relative of a Congress MLA.

The MP, who represents Bengaluru South in Lok Sabha, said he has asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah to open a cell of the National Investigation in the city.

"For a long time there was a demand that there must be a full-fledged NIA office in Karnataka," he said, pointing out that the Central agency currently has their base in Hyderabad.

Amit Shah, he said, has assured him "that the same will be established soon".

"In last few years, Bluru has become epicenter of terror activities, proven through many NIA arrests & busted sleeper cells in the city. I urged Hon HM Sri @AmitShah Ji to set up a permanent division of NIA in Bluru. I thank him for his assurance that it will be set up soon!" his tweet read.

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October 12,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 12: The authorities have sounded a red alert in Coastal Karnataka warning the people of heavy rain in the District for two days.

The red alert for the region has been issued for October 13. Yellow alert — warning of heavy rainfall — has been issued for October 12, 14 and 16.

Besides, the authorities have also issued orange alerts in parts of North Interior and South interior including at Bagalkot, Belagavi, Raichur, Yadgir, Kalaburagi, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Kodagu and Shivamogga Districts.

The State had received 27 per cent excess rainfall from June to September against normal rain of 23 pc. As against the normal 840.7 mm, the State received 1,063.9 mm rainfall during the period.

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October 15,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 15: Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi's Mumbai residence is being searched by sleuths of the Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) in connection with the ongoing investigation into the Sandalwood drugs case.

The search was carried out at the actor's house as he is the brother-in-law of Aditya Alva, an accused in the case who is absconding for more than two months. Alva is the son of former Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said that Aditya Alva is absconding and Vivek Oberoi is his relative. "We got some information that Alva is there (at Oberoi's house). So we wanted to check and hence obtained a court warrant. A CCB team has gone to his house in Mumbai and is searching the house," he said, adding that Oberoi may also know of Alva's whereabouts and hence the house was raided.

It is not yet confirmed whether the actor was in the house when the police arrived for the search. It is learnt that police will question Oberoi to find out whether he has information about Alva's whereabouts.

Recently, the CCB police had raided Alva's posh residence near Hebbal and seized some items. The police have also issued a lookout circular against the fugitive.

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October 19,2020

Bengaluru, Oct 19: A woman lost her life and five others suffered injuries after a 35-year-old man stole a butcher’s knife from a shop selling mutton and went on a stabbing spree on Sunday Bengaluru’s Cottonpet area.

According to the police, the man, identified as M Ganesh (35), walked for almost two kilometres around Anjanappa Garden, Bakshi Garden, and Balekai Mandi, stabbing people without any provocation, spreading panic among residents.

A patrolling team that rushed to the spot held Ganesh and recovered the weapon from him.

“The accused had gone to a mutton stall located near Vinayaka Theatre in Anjanappa Garden, at around 8.30 am. He stole a knife from the stall after which he walked through the streets randomly stabbing people passing by him in close range,” the police said.

While the deceased has been identified as Mari R, a 30-year-old daily wage labourer, others injured in the stabbing are Velayudham, Rajesh Suresh, Anand, and Prakash. Velayudham is in a critical condition and is receiving treatment in the ICU.

“Preliminary investigations have revealed that none of the victims were known to Ganesh. The accused has been arrested and an investigation is underway. While the accused’s family claims he is mentally unstable. We are waiting for the medical reports,” the police said.

The Cottonpet police have registered a case under Sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. The accused is being questioned to establish the motive behind the attack.

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