Bengaluru live news updates: Autorickshaw explodes in Karnataka, police begins probe – The Indian Express

Bengaluru news Highlights, 21 November 2022: Investigations by the Karnataka Police and central agencies into an explosion that occurred in an auto-rickshaw in Mangaluru Saturday evening – termed an act of terror by the state police chief – have revealed the identity of the auto-rickshaw passenger who was carrying a bag with an improvised explosive device (IED). The passenger has been identified as Mohammed Shariq, 24, an accused in two separate unlawful activities cases in Karnataka since 2020.
Meanwhile, the Bengaluru police have arrested three people, including one of the founder-directors of the NGO Chilume Educational Cultural and Rural Development Trust, in connection with their investigation into alleged voter data theft in the city. The police identified the arrested as Dharanesh, the trust’s human resource (HR) official; Renuka Prasad, one of the directors; and Kempegowda, the brother of Ravi Kumar, one of the founder-directors who remains untraced.
In other news, while the pandemic-induced lockdown inspired many to come up with interesting initiatives for social welfare, Bengaluru-based couple Reji Vaheed and Anitha Reji too decided to get to work and bring people together to help children with special needs. In 2020, Reji and Anitha set up Beautiful Together, a platform that uses the medium of e-commerce to provide financial aid to children with special needs and their caregivers. The founders say they got the idea for the initiative when they saw their daughter Riza, a 23-year-old with Down syndrome, struggling to land a job after completing her studies.
 

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Over a month after Bangalore University and traffic authorities convened for a meeting to mitigate accidents on the campus by enforcing strict traffic regulations, on Monday at around 12 pm, an accident was reported at the road connecting the university head office and Nagarabhavi.

Two cars collided with each other due to a lack of speed breakers in front of the communications and biotech department.

According to student union members, this is the ninth such accident reported on the campus, days after Shilpashree succumbed and seven others suffered injuries to road accidents on the campus. The members also allege that, it is the negligence of BBMP who had removed the humps during PM Modi’s visit in June to the campus. 
Police found materials that go into making bomb from the rented house in Mysuru of Mangaluru autorickshaw blast accused Mohammed Shariq, who was “influenced and inspired” by a global terrorist organisation, a senior police officer said on Monday.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Alok Kumar said the police are trying to find out the 24-year old’s links with people outside Karnataka.

“His handler was Abdul Mateen Taha from Suddaguntepalya (in Bengaluru) on whom the National Investigation Agency has announced a reward of Rs five lakh,” the ADGP said. PTI
A Karnataka BJP MLA, who was on his way to visit the family of a woman who died after being attacked by an elephant, was beaten up by angry villagers in the state’s Chikkamagaluru district Sunday. Kumaraswamy M P was thrashed by the villagers near the Kundhur estate in Mudigere in the Chikkamagaluru district. He represents the Mudigere constituency in the Assembly.

According to the police, the woman succumbed to her injuries on Sunday. Residents say their village is being repeatedly attacked by elephants and alleged inaction on part of local authorities and the MLA in stopping them. Read More
The makers of the improvised explosive device (IED) which exploded in an autorickshaw in Mangaluru Saturday had little experience in making IEDs, Karnataka Police’s investigation into the blast has revealed.
The police also identified the main explosive material used in the IED as around 500 grams of gunpowder – which has potassium nitrate as its main chemical and is easily available for purchase. Read more here
The Mangaluru Police on Monday confirmed Mohammed Shariq, 24 as the bomber in the Mangaluru blast case. According to the police, he is an accused in three cases in the past — two in Mangaluru and one in Shivamogga. He had disappeared from Shivamogga on August 20.
The Karnataka Police registered a case Sunday after a few upper caste villagers in Chamarajanagar district allegedly drained out drinking water from a public tank and ‘purified’ it with cow urine after a Dalit woman drank from the tank, officers said.
According to the police, the incident took place on Friday in Heggatora village where people of the Lingayat community were allegedly infuriated by the Dalit woman’s action. A video of the incident soon went viral drawing much public criticism. Following the incident, Chamarajanagar rural police booked a case under section 3(1)(za)(a) of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2015. Know more here
Bengaluru on Monday woke up to a cold morning with agencies reporting 13.9 degrees celsius — lowest in a decade.According to India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) weather, the city’s minimum temperature was at 13.9 degrees celsius and the maximum temperature was at 25.2 degree celsius. HAL airport station reported 12.5 degree Celsius while Bengaluru International Airport station reported 14.7 degree Celsius.
One more feather in the cap of our Hubballi Airport.
To achieve the PM @narendramodi ji dream of producing 50% energy from renewable energy by 2030, now Hubballi Airport has become 100% Green Airport as 8MWp Grid Connected Solar Power Plant in our Airport is commissioned. pic.twitter.com/dYvFyx9boP
The family of the accused involved in the Mangaluru blast case was brought to Father Muller Hospital in the city to help identify the accused.
Auto driver Purushotham, and the prime accused, identified as 24-year-old Mohammed Shariq, in the Mangaluru blast case were on fire when shopkeepers and local residents rushed to their rescue soon after the blast on Saturday afternoon.
When the locals heard a loud sound around 4.45 pm, some of them thought it was a tyre burst of a passing bus. A few others thought the gas tank of the auto-rickshaw exploded. Read more…

While the pandemic-induced lockdown inspired many to come up with interesting initiatives for social welfare, Bengaluru-based couple Reji Vaheed and Anitha Reji too decided to get to work and bring people together to help children with special needs.
In 2020, Reji and Anitha set up Beautiful Together, a platform that uses the medium of e-commerce to provide financial aid to children with special needs and their caregivers. The founders say they got the idea for the initiative when they saw their daughter Riza, a 23-year-old with Down syndrome, struggling to read more here

Karnataka MLA M P Kumaraswamy was beaten up by villagers over a woman’s death on Sunday. 
The incident occurred after a woman named Shobha succumbed to her injuries after being attacked by a wild elephant on Sunday. Sources said there was a public outcry and frustration against the authorities and the MLA which led to the incident. 
Kumaraswamy has alleged that it was a planned attack and that police officials did not come to his rescue.
Bengaluru city police on Sunday night arrested Ravikumar — the head of Chilume Educational Cultural and Rural Development Institute, in connection with the alleged voter data theft case.
The Indian National Congress last week alleged a private agency in Bengaluru was collecting voters’ data and this information was misused by the state government, violating norms of the Election Commission of India (ECI). Besides, the Congress said the deletion of lakhs of voter names occurred, along with the collection of personal details including phone numbers, and email IDs, raising privacy concerns. What is the scam all about?


Terming allegations of Congress leaders as ‘baseless’, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said it was during the Congress Government that the orders were issued to Chilume agency by flouting Election Commission rules and a probe will bring out truth to the fore. “This incident will backfire on the Congress party,” he said.
Talking to reporters in Bengaluru on Sunday, he said instructions are given to hold investigation from 2013 when the Siddaramaiah government was in power as it will reveal the instructions given to the Chilume agency by that government.
“The people must know  why the orders were issued to Chilume organisation and the reasons behind it. The incumbent government had given orders only to create awareness among the voters and had put a condition that the agency must not have any association or links with any political party. But the previous chief minister, Siddaramaiah had issued orders for the revision of electoral list which has to be done by the Election Commission. It is a grave crime that the work to be done by the Election Commission had been given to a private agency. Adding to it, a tahsildhar was issued orders to appoint BLOs’. In this case, the Siddaramaiah Government has crossed all limits and misused the power,” Bommai said.
While the pandemic-induced lockdown inspired many to come up with interesting initiatives for social welfare, Bengaluru-based couple Reji Vaheed and Anitha Reji too decided to get to work and bring people together to help children with special needs.
In 2020, Reji and Anitha set up Beautiful Together, a platform that uses the medium of e-commerce to provide financial aid to children with special needs and their caregivers. The founders say they got the idea for the initiative when they saw their daughter Riza, a 23-year-old with Down syndrome, struggling to land a job after completing her studies. Read more
The Bengaluru police have arrested three people, including one of the founder-directors of the NGO Chilume Educational Cultural and Rural Development Trust, in connection with their investigation into alleged voter data theft in the city.
The police identified the arrested as Dharanesh, the trust’s human resource (HR) official; Renuka Prasad, one of the directors; and Kempegowda, the brother of Ravi Kumar, one of the founder-directors who remains untraced. Read more
It is that time of the year again in Bengaluru when pink flowers bloom in different parts of the city. Officially known as the Tabebuia Rosea, the history of these flowers in the city dates back to the British era and the immediate post-Independence period when horticultural experts deliberated on growing various species of flowers and plants in Bengaluru.
Environment experts pointed out that Bengaluru was actually a dry region and the founder of the city, Kempegowda, and the erstwhile Mysore kingdom developed lakes and planted trees to diversify the ecosystem. Read more
Iranian woman in Bengaluru seeks public support against human rights violations back home
While Iran is facing massive internal turmoil with women riding the anti-hijab wave and demanding freedom, in Bengaluru, Niko is trying hard to drum up support for the protesters in the frontline fighting against the authoritarian regime.
Married to a Bengaluru man, Niko, a theatre artist grabbed the eyeballs in the last three days in Bengaluru’s Church Street after she staged a silent demonstration in solidarity with the protesters, especially women who are fighting for “freedom” in Iran.

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