Violence over a post on Prophet: Karnataka HC calls 'act of terrorism'text_fields
Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court called the violence that broke out over a social media post on Prophet Muhammed an act of terrorism and rejected bail for Atiq Ahmad and others in cases related to it.
Large-scale violence broke out in DJ Halli and KG Halli localities of Bengaluru in August 2020 over the post in which three people were killed and scores were injured.
The violent mob had tried to torch the police station and burnt down a sitting Congress MLA's house.
The bench headed by Justice K Somashekar and Justice Shivshankar Amarannavar observed that the violent mob gathering before the police station, attacking the police with iron rods, bottles filled with petrol, and fomenting violence could be categorised as "acts to create terror in public".
The bench also noted that the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) chargesheet states that "the accused gathered at the spot to create an act of terror".
"This case attracts the Section 45 D (5) of the UAPA. The charges made in the charge sheet prima facie seem to be true," the court said.
Mohammad Tahir, the counsel for the accused argued that the statements of the witnesses recorded before the City Crime Branch (CCB) and later with the NIA are different. "NIA has twisted the statements of witnesses as it wanted. The accused did not take part in the violence," he added.
Public Prosecutor P Prasanna Kumar stated that the accused should not be given bail as their prima facie involvement has been proved.