Bengaluru: Cops arbitrary arrest Muslims including Covid patients, one dies

Covid-19 positive patient arrested in the alleged Bengaluru violence case died on Saturday.

Syed Nadeem (24), a resident of KG Halli, was arrested on August 12 morning and later produced before the jurisdictional Judicial Magistrate and was sent to judicial custody. He was lodged in Parappana Agrahara jail.

“He ( Nadeem) was in jail since 12th (August). Last night (he) came to Bowring Hospital with chest pain. Probably some hard object hit on his abdomen,” Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant told PTI.

He tested positive for the coronavirus infection and on Friday night he had complained of chest pain following which he was admitted to the hospital where he died today, police said.

The trigger was allegedly a derogatory post by an upstart BJP leader against the prophet Muhammed on Facebook. Police sources say that the Muslim youths were arrested from Kaval Byrasandra and surrounding areas, and also neighboring districts.

Two of the dead were identified as Yasin Pasha, 28, and Wazid Ahmed, 25, of KG Halli. Pasha assisted his father in their mutton stall, while Ahmed did odd jobs.

One of the dead persons also tested positive for Covid-19.

290 arrests and 42 FIRs: Two among detainees Covid-positive

Till now, 290 people have been arrested and 42 FIRs filed till Saturday over the violence in which three Muslim youths died in police firing. 

According to the New Indian Express, two among detainees Covid-positive and were recovering under home isolation.

Family members of the arrested youths accused Bengaluru city police and the Rapid Action Force of barging into homes of Muslims to take more than a hundred men including two who were Covid-positive patients into custody for suspected involvement in the Tuesday evening’s alleged violence.

Residents have accused the police of arbitrarily picking up youth over with the violence.

They said around 200 policemen barged into two adjacent apartment complexes on Shampur Main Road in the city and broke open the doors and randomly picked up around 20 around on Friday. 

“Police randomly arrested on zero grounds. They were here with us (at home) when the riot happened. They have not informed us where they have been taken into custody and no arrest notice was given to us. Without information, we cannot even move forward legally,” Ayesha Hussain, sister of Tabrez Hussain, a 29-year-old DHL employee, who is among those taken into custody, told The New Indian Express.

“We do not know why they barged into our house. They pushed aside my older son, entered our home and broke the bathroom doors. I had to explain that my son is just a child. In our entire building, they arrested all those who are 18-years of age and above,” another woman told TNIE.

Why are innocent people being arrested?

Former Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara, who heads the Congress’ fact-finding committee looking into the Pulakeshinagar violence, charged that the police had arrested “innocent” people including “boys as little as 10-12 years” in connection with the violence.

“Some 400 people have been arrested, including boys as little as 10-12 years of age. One father died three hours after the boy was arrested,” Parameshwara told media.