In yet another blatant display of violence, visuals of torch-bearing protestors in Kanakapura have emerged on Thursday, condemning the arrest of Congress leader D K Shivakumar. Visuals from Shivakumar's hometown -Kanakapura shows an angry mob of protestors holding fire torches marching on the streets. Sources report that these protests are occurring for the second day in a row in Kanakapura, since Shivakumar's arrest on Tuesday night. Apart from torch-bearing, protestors have taken to the streets, resorting to stone pelting, tire-burning and sloganeering against PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Earlier on Wednesday, party cadres who were protesting against Congress leader D K Shivakumar's arrest in Chitradurga, Karnataka ended up injuring nine of their own cadres, as per sources. Sources report that two cadres have suffered second-degree burns while the others suffered minor injuries. Meanwhile, the party supporters had also allegedly shut down the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway, hampering traffic. The protesters also went on a rampage ahead of Shivakumar's appearance at a Delhi Court.
Visuals show a mob of protestors angrily waving flags and burning tires condemning the arrest. While attempting to set tires on fire, cadres were seen accidentally setting their own workers on fire. Sources report that the nine people who have suffered burn injuries also include a police personnel who was attempting to control the mob. The injured people also include women who were bystanders who were passing through the road where the protest was held. Sources report that all the injured people are currently being treated at a government hospital.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was granted 9-day custody of Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar. He was arrested by the agency officials on Tuesday night under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a money-laundering case against him. He is scheduled to be produced before the special CBI court on September 13 after the custodial interrogation. The court has allowed DK's family members and lawyers to meet him daily for half an hour each.
The former cabinet minister and sitting MLA from Kanakapura seat had appeared before the ED for questioning on Tuesday for the fourth time at its headquarters in Delhi. On being termed as non-cooperative, he was arrested on Tuesday. The ED had in September 2018 registered a money laundering case against Shivakumar and others. The money-laundering case was filed against him and others based on a charge sheet (prosecution complaint) filed by the Income Tax Department against them in 2018 before a special court in Bengaluru. The IT charge sheet was filed on the charges of alleged tax evasion and hawala transactions worth crores.