Probe on into violence during actor's funeral

City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari told reporters here that the miscreants who created a commotion by throwing stone would be arrested soon.

“During the cremation of actor Vishnuvardhan, miscreants attacked the police. There were obstructions during the procession because of the ruckus. Buildings, buses and public property were damaged by some anti-social elements and the loss is yet to be ascertained,” he said.

He said, a probe into the untoward incidents is on and media has been requested to share some of the recorded footages showing the attacks. 

The arsonists destroyed public properties at National College Grounds (NCG) where Vishnuvardhan’s body was kept for the public to pay their last respects. Some of the popular restaurants were reduced to shambles, as the fans and supporters tried to forcibly shut down many shops. In Bangalore South alone, the  business establishments have reported losses in crores due to stone pelting.

Bangalore South Deputy Commissioner of Police T G Krishna Bhat said that the owners of business establishments had approached him on Thursday and they estimated a loss of nearly Rs 1.5 crore. A case has been registered, he said.

The DCP said, 12 miscreants were taken into custody on Wednesday. “A case and first information report have been filed by taking the versions of citizens who had approached the police department,” Bhat said.

 He appealed to the citizens to come forward to identify the culprits and provide information.

Loss of Rs 4.66 lakh
 The BMTC incurred a loss of Rs 4.66 lakh as 78 buses were damaged on Wednesday.  BMTC Managing Director Syed Pasha said, “As a precautionary measure, bus services in Bangalore South were withdrawn on Wednesday. However, no untoward incidents were reported when the services resumed on Thursday.”

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