‘SDPI leaders who helped the police to control mob made culprits’

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August 12, 2020

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Newsroom, Aug 12: Distancing themselves from the August 11 Bengaluru violence, the Popular Front of India and its political arm Social Democratic Party of India have expressed concern over the way the police handled the incident. 

“The police always want a scapegoat to hide their failure. In #Bangaloreriots the SDPI local leaders who were inside the police station from evening were framed for rioting. The ones who helped police to control mob were labelled as culprits,” tweeted Anis Ahmed, General Secretary of PFI. 

Elyas Mohammed Tumbe, Karnataka state president of SDPI, in a video-message alleged blasphemous post on Prophet Mohammad and police inaction in arresting the accused in an attempt to buy time was the trigger for the incident.

“Police did not initiate any action against accused Naveen till around 11.30pm and it is apparent that this was guided by the fact that he is the nephew of Pulikeshi Nagar Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy,” Elyas said.

"A group of agitated people who had gathered there were further incensed by the apathy of the police," he said, creating an atmosphere of discord. It is police failure that has led to loss of three precious lives in subsequent firing, he added.

Defending action of SDPI leader Muzammil Pasha, whom police have since arrested, Elyas said Pasha and other leaders are seen in videos trying their best with the police to pacify the agitated mob. 

"Pasha with the local ulamas is seen beseeching the crowd not to lose their cool as the leaders are in touch with the police to sort out the issue," he said. Subsequent action on Pasha is a cover up for intelligence, government, and police failure, Elyas alleged.

Asserting that SDPI has always stood for justice and stands by development, Elyas alleged that a concerted attempt as usual is being made to needlessly drag his organisation in the apparent failures of the government. 

President of Bengaluru unit of SDPI M D Sharief said police could have avoided the incident had they acted swiftly. Alleging that Naveen had shared such posts in the past too, Sharief said he went scot-free because of his political clout.

Abdul Majeed Kodlipet, former state president of SDPI, said that his party will never justify any kind of violence. He, however, contended that the delay in police action against the person who had been posting derogatory messages on Facebook for quite some time led to the violence. 

“The violence has culminated in the police firing which resulted in the death of three innocent people. The government should announce compensation to the families of the victims,” he said adding that SDPI also will help the families of the victims. 

He said the vehicles of SDPI leaders who were helping the police to control the mob were also set afire by the violent mob.

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September 26,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 26: C T Ravi, Karnataka’s Minister of Kannada and Culture, has been named one of the national general secretaries of Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday announced a list of national office bearers which included Chikkamagaluru MLA CT Ravi and Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya.

The appointment signals a rise within the party's ranks for Mr Ravi, who is a four-time MLA from Chikkamagaluru Constituency.

A total of 12 national vice presidents and eight national general secretaries were named by the party. First-term MP Tejasvi Surya, who was handpicked to replace the late Ananth Kumar as the BJP candidate from Bengaluru South, replaced Poonam Mahajan as Yuva Morcha national president.

Tejasvi Surya and CT Ravi were congratulated by their party colleagues following the announcement on Saturday.

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September 14,2020

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Mandya, Sept 14: Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of three temple priests in Mandya after a brief encounter in the wee hours of Monday, police said. "We have arrested five people while four others are absconding. In all, there are nine people involved in this case," Mandya Superintendent of Police Parashurama K told media persons.

He said eight of them hailed from Mandya and Ramanagara districts while one was from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. The nine had brutally murdered three temple priests- Anand, Ganesh and Prakash- in their sleep inside the Arkeshwara Temple in Mandya town on the night of September 10. The priests were also the security guards of the temple, police sources said.

After killing them, the robbers had decamped with the currency notes in the donation box and did not take the coins. Police launched a massive manhunt for the accused and got information that some people were moving around in a suspicious manner at a bus stand in Maddur Taluk in Mandya district. When the police surrounded them and asked them to surrender, they tried to escape after attacking the policemen with sharp-edged weapons and injured an inspector, police sources said.

Police are verifying their involvement in other crimes. It is suspected that they had robbed another temple in the town.

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September 25,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 25: Tata Coffee has reportedly started negotiations to acquire 12,000 hectares of coffee plantations belonging to Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha for Rs 1,200-1,500 crore.

Coffee Day's operations, including personal assets and coffee plantations, is currently being handled by Siddhartha's wife, Malavika Hedge, after he died by suicide last year in August amid allegations that he faced pressure from lenders, a private equity firm and harassed by tax officials.

This development comes on the heels of Tata Consumer Products (TCP) approving an exploration of acquisition of Cafe Coffee Day's vending machine business. CCD is looking for a valuation of about Rs 2,000 crore for the same, a Bloomberg report said.

Siddhartha is believed to have availed loans worth Rs 2,000 from banks like HSBC, Rabo Bank, Lakshmi Vilas Bank, RBL and IndusInd Bank. Some of the lenders have already initiated recovery proceedings against the plantation assests last November.

"Discussions between Tata Coffee and Hedge started in February but were put on hold because of Covid," a source told the publication. "Talks have resumed, though the deal may be in preliminary stages," he added.

A family representative, however, told that the information is speculative and is to be treated as baseless rumours. The representative further stated that none of the lenders have invoked recovery procedings on plantation assets.

Apart from the coffeee plantations, Siddhartha also owned silver oak and timber plantations priced at about Rs 2,000 crore. His personal assets included The Serai Resorts, a luxury hospitality resorts.

Tata group has completed the restructuring of the consumer business and TCP’s joint venture with Starbucks progressing well. Deliberations to acquire the plantations are largely with the view of scaling up Tata Coffee’s land base. TCP holds 57.48 per cent stake in Tata Coffee.

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