The National Investigation Agency’s chargesheet, filed in the August 2020 Bengaluru riots case, stated that the violence was not spontaneous, but pre-planned. It also added that the plotters behind the riots were aggrieved over the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens, according to media reports.
The 7,000-page chargesheet has been filed against 247 persons under UAPA, IPC sections 120B, etc. According to reports, at least 47 people named in the chargesheeted are allegedly linked to the Popular Front of India (PFI) and the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI).
The agency's investigation into the riots reported that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were used to spread ‘terror among people and to mobilise crowds to gather at and attack the KG Halli Police Station’.
Meanwhile, the SDPI, reacting to the chargesheet in connection with the Bengaluru riots, has alleged that the NIA is trying to ‘fix the SDPI’ and that it will move the court to contest the charges.