In connection with an alleged plan to kill Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya, Bengaluru police have arrested a six-member gang, who are allegedly linked to Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI).
The hidden plan of killing Tejaswi Surya was allegedly planned during the December 22 pro-CAA rally near Town Hall. Failed to execute their original plan, the gang later turned to an Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member, Varun Bhopala (34), who survived a murderous attack on him on Kumbaragundi Road, off JC Road, soon after he left the rally.
The accused have been identified as Irfan alias Mohammed Irfan (33), Syed Akbar alias ‘Mechanic’ Akbar (46), Syed Siddiq Akbar (30), Akbar Basha (27), Sanaulla Sharif (28) and Sadiq UL Ameen (39), all residents of KG Halli in East and North Bengaluru. Meanwhile, Ilyas Thumbe, state SDPI president, said the party was deliberately being targeted and the arrested persons were not members of their party.
City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Friday said the gang wanted to attack leaders who took part in the pro-CAA event and they had planned it well in advance. They initially pelted seven stones to scatter the crowds gathered at the pro-CAA event so that they could attack the leaders easily. They had planned to scare the crowds and cause them to disperse, leaving Surya and other BJP/RSS leaders exposed to them, but they failed, said Bengaluru police.
Cops checked more than 700 clips
However, the police claim they verified more than 700 CCTV clips to track the attackers and seize the lethal weapons used in the attack on Varun, from their houses. Police Commissioner Rao said the SDPI activists were funded by their leaders to create disturbance and target prominent leaders of Hindu organisations. A special team is now further interrogating the six accused to find out which particular right-wing leaders they had on their hit-list.