Bengaluru: The City Police have registered cases of allegedly attempting to wage war and provocation at religious places, and arrested 14 men, including two from Bengaluru on Thursday September 22.
The police action was in connection with National Investigation Agency (NIA) nationwide raids on the Popular Front of India (PFI) activists. The Police have booked them on charges of plotting to create communal disturbances with credible information.
The City Police stated on Friday September 23 that, Some of those arrested have a history of involvement in previous cases of rioting. K. G. Halli Police has previously filed a case. They have witnessed an incident of rioting in 2020 over an inflammatory social media posting.
Now, The Police have invoked Section 121 of the India Penal Code (IPC) which relates to waging war against the country and section 153A of the IPC which pertains to provocation for rioting at a religious place.
It can be recalled here that on Thursday September 22 NIA carried out searches at multiple places in State and arrested several top office-bearers of the PFI in the State as part of a nationwide probe into alleged illegal activities of the PFI.
The seven arrested in the State were identified as Anis Ahmed, Afsar Pasha, Abdul Wahid Sait, Yasar Arafath Hasan, Mohammed Shakib aka Shakif, Muhammed Farooq Ur Rahman and Shahid Nasir, all office-bearers of the PFI, the Police said.