Bengaluru violence: Karnataka govt to approach HC for appointing ‘Claim Commissioner’

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On Monday, the Karnataka government said it will approach the High Court to seek permission for the appointment of a ‘Claim Commissioner.’ The commissioner will be responsible for assessing the damages caused to public and private property during last week’s violence in the city. He will then recover the costs from the culprits.

The government also said that they have invoked the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against those who were involved in the violence.

After chairing a meeting with Home minister Basavaraj Bommai and senior state government officials, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa tweeted, “Our Govt has decided to assess the damages caused to public & private property in the violent incidents in KG Halli & DG Halli & recover the costs from the culprits. We will approach Hon’ble High Court for appointment of Claim Commissioner as per Hon’ble Supreme Court order.”

In another Tweet, the Karnataka Chief Minister said, “Stringent action has been initiated against the culprits of DJ Halli and KG Halli violent incidents including invoking of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act – UAPA Act.”

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The Chief Minister’s office mentioned that a Special Investigation Team has been formed to investigate the Bengaluru violence, and a team of three special public prosecutors will also be appointed for conducting the cases. The statement also said that “The invocation of Goonda Act will also be considered by the SIT in the cases wherever the provisions are attracted.”

Last week, the Karnataka government had decided to recover the loss incurred due to the damage to public and private property by making culprits pay for it. Today’s meeting was centred around creating a roadmap to carry out the recovery drive.

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