Ministry of Home Affairs & Statistics Don’t Agree With BJP MP Tejasvi Surya

Case Cited By Tejasvi Is Still Under Investigation

A burnt police vehicle outside DJ Halli police station. 

A burnt police vehicle outside DJ Halli police station. 
(Photo: Arun Dev/The Quint)

Tejasvi Surya claimed many terrorist organisations were using Bengaluru as an “incubation centre” for carrying out “anti-India activities”, citing the August 11 violence in the Bengaluru suburb DJ Halli. The violence started over an allegedly derogatory Facebook post about Prophet Muhammad by a relative of Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy.

When The Quint spoke with senior police officers in Bengaluru, they said that case was still under investigation and it is not possible to confirm the connection of any terror groups with the violence. “The investigation by Bengaluru police is in its initial stages and just a week back the case has been handed over the NIA. Only when they file a charge sheet can we conclusively talk about the nature of the case,” said an officer.

Tejasvi Surya’s statement pushes an agenda at the cost of the city’s reputation, said Sowmya Reddy, MLA from Jayanagar in South Bengaluru. “Such a statement could have an impact on investment that comes into the city. Also, the incident he is referring to happened when the BJP is in power at the centre and in the state. This incident was an intelligence failure from the government’s part. Yes, the incident should be investigated but making such baseless irresponsible statements impacts the hard work of the people who made Bengaluru the silicon valley of India,” she said .

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