Bengaluru News Live Updates: NIA takes over Mangaluru auto-rickshaw blast case; EC extends dateline filing claims, objections of voter data of Bengaluru’s three assemblies – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Live Updates today: The National Investigation Agency has taken over the probe into the Mangaluru auto-rickshaw blast that injured two, including the prime suspect, news agency PTI reported. The Islamic Resistance Council (IRC) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the blast, saying one of its ‘Mujahid brothers Mohammed Shariq’ attempted to attack a ‘Hindutva Temple in Kadri’.
In other news, the Election Commission extended the last date for filing claims and objections of voter data in the three Assembly constituencies in the Karnataka capital. It comes in wake of allegations of irregularities and voter-data theft in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) limits,
In another development, pro-Kannada outfits launched a protest in Karnataka’s Belagavi demanding action against those who allegedly beat up a student after he waved the state flag during an inter-college festival.
The National Investigation Agency has taken over the probe into the November 19 Mangaluru auto-rickshaw blast that injured two, including the prime suspect, officials said.
The Islamic Resistance Council (IRC), a little-known outfit, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the blast, saying one of its ‘Mujahid brothers Mohammed Shariq’ attempted to attack a ‘Hindutva Temple in Kadri’.
In the incident, which took place under the Kankanadi police station area, the auto driver and alleged prime suspect Shariq were injured.
Police had called it an act of terrorism, invoking a stringent provision of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), and held the passenger, Shariq, responsible for the incident.
(PTI)
Amid allegations of irregularities and voter-data theft in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) limits, the Election Commission extended the last date for filing claims and objections in the three Assembly constituencies in the Karnataka capital.
While the period for filing claims and objections was from November 9 to December 8, it is now extended till December 24. The final electoral rolls of these constituencies will be published on January 15, while it will be published by January 5 in others.
Read more here https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/bangalore/data-theft-ec-time-filing-objections-electoral-rolls-bengaluru-seats-8300983/
The Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC), in association with the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM), on launched the Karnataka Skill Connect Portal (KSCP), an integrated web platform, connecting the entire talent eco system in the State with various employment prospects and skilling opportunities.
The KSCP would act as a comprehensive marketplace for students, industries, academic institutions, and trainers to collaborate in several ways, an official statement said.
The portal was created in consultation with industry stakeholders to first-hand address their concerns. Insights from established companies and up-and-coming start-ups provided the framework for the platform, the statement said adding these entities would contribute to the KSCP’s supply and demand and ultimately benefit from the portal.
(PTI)
Tomato and onion growers are a worried lot as the bumper harvest has led to a crash in prices in the state.
They are demanding a minimum support price for onions and tomatoes.
Onion prices had dropped to somewhere between Rs 2 per kg and Rs 10, a few days ago.
However, it has now stabilised in the range of Rs 12 to Rs 18 per kg depending on the quality of the produce.
Tomatoes are being sold from Rs 5 to Rs six per kg in the wholesale market while in retail, the prices are between Rs 8 and Rs 12 per kg.
(PTI)
Authorities at Gogte PU College of Commerce in Karnataka’s Belagavi said Thursday they will review the attack on one of its students who waved the Karnataka flag and that suitable action will be taken against the perpetrators.
“The college management has taken precautionary measures to respond to the emergency situation in time. The management consisting of the principal and other members will conduct a thorough review of the incident and appropriate action will be taken against the perpetrators responsible for the incident that took place on Wednesday,” the college said in a statement.
The statement was issued after a student of the college was allegedly beaten up by other students after he waved the Karnataka flag during an inter-college festival. The purported video of the attack on the student was shared widely online.
Subsequently, pro-Kannada outfits launched a protest demanding action against those who allegedly beat up the student. The outfits also alleged that senior police officers thrashed the victim who approached the police station to register a complaint.
Read more here https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/bangalore/will-take-action-against-those-responsible-for-attack-on-student-belagavi-college-8300677/
Karnataka’s stand is that Maharashtra’s plea regarding the border issue is not maintainable and the same will be argued by the state’s advocates when the case comes up before the Supreme Court for hearing, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
The Chief Minister also asserted that the state’s stand is both ‘constitutional and legal.’ 

The border dispute dates back to the 1960s after the reorganisation of states on linguistic lines.
Maharashtra laid claim to Belagavi which was part of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency as it has a sizable Marathi-speaking population. It also laid claim to a number of Marathi-speaking villages which are currently part of Karnataka.
(PTI)
Pro-Kannada outfits launched a protest in Karnataka’s Belagavi Thursday demanding action against those who allegedly beat up a student after he waved the state flag during an inter-college festival. The incident comes at a time when there is high tension in Belagavi owing to the border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra, and ahead of the Maharashtra ministers’ visit to the area on December 3.
This came a day after a video went viral showing a student of Gogte College of Commerce in Belagavi allegedly beaten up by other students after he waved the Karnataka flag. However, the police said there is no clarity why the student was attacked. (Read more)
City crime branch (CCB) police have arrested nine members of the notorious inter-state ‘Sahib Ganj’ dacoity gang while trying to loot a jewellery shop at Thokottu under Ullal police station limits here.
Police sources said the gang was trying to drill a hole into the shop’s wall. After receiving a tip-off that nine strangers were residing at a rented house at Manchila in Ullal, police raided the house and took them into custody.
The arrested have been identified as Bhaskara Belchapada (65) of Gandhiwadi in Gujarat, Dinesh Rawal (38), Bista Roop Singh (34) and Krishna Bahadur Bogati (41), all natives of Nepal, Mohammed Zamil Sheikh (29), Inmamam Ul Haque (27), Imaddul Razak Sheikh (32), Bivul Sheikh (31) and Imran Sheikh (30), all residents of Jharkhand. (PTI)
The Karnataka government on Wednesday informed the High Court that it needs more time to conduct the elections to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
Additional Advocate General Dhyan Chinnappa on Wednesday informed a single judge bench of the High Court that information has been sought from the Justice Bhaktavatsala Committee regarding the Backward Classes reservation.
The Commission has sought time to provide the details. Therefore, three months should be granted for the same. The HC on Wednesday adjourned the hearing to December 6. (PTI)
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday permitted Datta Jayanti celebrations for three days from December 6 at the disputed Datta Peetha shrine in Bababudangiri Hills of Chikmagalur district.
A division bench comprising Justices Alok Aradhe and N Vishwajith Shetty granted permission for the celebrations to be organised under the supervision of a committee set up by the state government earlier this year. The Karnataka government approached the court for permission last week. (Read more)
The Whitefield traffic police has said that traffic at Hopefarm Junction is slow due to ongoing work of road restoration. 
Slow moving Traffic at Hopefarm Junction with ongoing work of road restoration BWSSB. Traffic movement is slow. Thank you for your support and understanding. Please Maintain Lane Discipline.#FollowTrafficRules@SplCPTraffic @DCPTrEastBCP @acpwfieldtrf @blrcitytraffic pic.twitter.com/HQTRyRzo7i

For 24 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Fog or mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 28 and 17 Degree Celsius respectively.
For 48 hours: Partly cloudy sky. Fog or mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 28 and 17 Degree Celsius respectively.
The 11th edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival (BLT) is all set to kick off from December 3, Saturday at hotel Lalit Ashok. The festival is feature over 250 international, Indian and city authors and speakers, 4 programme forums, 2 children’s venues, stimulating conversations around a breadth of fiction and non-fiction topics, including history, biographies, translations, literature, religion, mythology, travel, art and music, feminism, food, cinema, publishing, technology, startups and more. 

The BLT celebrates the creative spirit of Bengaluru and commemorates the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with distinguished guests from the world of literature. Founded by Shinie Antony, the objective of BLT is to put together a literary experience that brings writers – both established and aspiring, readers, publishers, students and young professionals and other stakeholders of the city together on a common platform and create a compelling space for engaging and thought-provoking discussions on literature and life.
The Bengaluru police will soon issue a notice to Rapido, an app-based bike taxi service provider, after investigators found serious lapses in employing riders with criminal history. The move came after a 23-year-old woman from Kerala was allegedly gang-raped by two men, including a Rapido driver, on November 25. The gang rape incident came to light Tuesday.
The police Tuesday said three persons, including a woman, were arrested in the case. They added that the prime accused was earlier this year arrested over a tiff with someone over water supply. He was then booked under Sections 324 (voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, some time back, he came out on bail. Read more
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Southern Zone Wednesday directed the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) to submit reports on measures taken to prevent the entry of sewage into the KR Puram lake.
The tribunal stated that if the reports were not submitted before the next date of hearing (December 16), then it would summon KSPCB and BWSSB officials.
“The reports should mention the compliance of the recommendations made in the earlier report by the Karnataka SPCB and the action taken by the BWSSB pursuant to the directions issued by the Karnataka SPCB and any other action plan to restore the KR Puram Lake. If the complete reports are not filed before the next hearing date… officials will be summoned to this Tribunal,” the order copy read. 
The NGT observed, “The Karnataka SPCB has also given nine recommendations for ensuring the survival of the KR Puram Lake. Whether they have been complied with or not (or) if any action taken in that regard is also not known.”
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has directed the private firm that prepared the detailed project report for an upgrade of NH 748AA, which passes through wildlife-protected areas in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, to get wildlife and forest diversion clearances. The Rs 229-crore project to be implemented under the Bharatmala Pariyojana programme involves two-laning of the national highway that links north Goa with Karnataka through Belagavi. On the basis of the report prepared by Louis Berger, the NHAI awarded the work to Gurugram-based NSC Projects on March 16.
The project passes through larger protected-area networks such as the Kali Tiger Reserve, Dandeli Sanctuary (Castlerock area), Bhimgad Sanctuary, Mollem National Park, Mhadei Sanctuary, Tillari Conservation Reserve, Chandgad Conservation Reserve, Radhanagari Sanctuary and the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve besides reserve forests spread across Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. 
After wildlife conservationist Giridhar Kulkarni filed a representation before the National Tiger Conservation Authority on July 13 highlighting the project’s consequences on wildlife, the authority in August directed the NHAI to seek wildlife clearance from the National Board of Wildlife. The work was scheduled to start in June.  
Renowned Yakshagana artiste Kumble Sundar Rao died at his residence here Wednesday morning, family sources said. He was 88. Rao is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters.

Rao, who was an exponent of ‘Thenkuthittu’ style of Yakshagana, had served as the president of the Karnataka State Yakshagana and Bayalata Academy. He was awarded Yakshamangala award from P Dayananda Pai and P Satish Pai Yakshagana Adhyayana Kendra at Mangalore University for the year 2018-2019.

Rao was also a member of member of the 10th Karnataka Legislative Assembly from Surathkal constituency from 1994 to 1999. He won the election on a BJP ticket. Rao’s body will be kept at his residence near Pumpwell in the city for people to pay their last respects. The final rites will be held on Thursday, sources said. (PTI)
A tussle between the transport department and cab aggregators over auto rickshaw fares has left commuters in Bengaluru in the lurch. The city, also known as the IT capital of India, is home to millions of working professionals who use ride hailing services such as Ola, Uber and Rapido to travel to work everyday.

On October 11, many commuters had to frantically look for alternative transport after the government barred ride hailing services from listing auto rickshaw rides on their platforms. Read more. 
Reacting to the demand of right-wing Hindu outfits to ban Muslim traders from the VV Puram religious festival in Bengaluru, BJP MLA Uday Garudachar Tuesday said all were free to trade in the country and such bans should not be imposed.

Traders belonging to the minority community Tuesday carried out business at the temple festival under police protection. Notably, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists have approached Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief Tushar Girinath and deputy commissioner of police (south) P Krishnakanth seeking a ban on the participation of Muslim traders in the two-day Subramanyeshwara temple festival, popularly known as the VV Puram festival, which started Tuesday. Read more. 
The Karnataka Forest Department has taken back the decision to offer safari rides in the buffer zone of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve. Spread over Mysuru and Kodagu districts, the reserve covers an area of 847.791 sq km.

The idea of coming up with a safari was mooted in March when the then director of the reserve, Mahesh Kumar, wrote to the chief conservator of forest, Vijaykumar Gogi, seeking permission to start the safari.

While the permission was granted, there was a huge uproar over the move from wildlife experts and farmers in Kodagu who believed that if buffer zones would be opened up for safaris, then the wild animals would land inside villages and it would give rise to man-animal conflict. The ticket counters for the safari were built in mid-May. Read more. 

A gang managed to decamp with gold and cash worth over Rs 3 crore from a bank on the outskirts of Bengaluru early Saturday.
The incident took place in the Karnataka Grameena Bank branch in Hosahalli near Doddaballapur under Bengaluru rural district. According to a complaint filed by branch manager Thanu Chowbay, the bank employees finished their work as usual on Friday at 5.30 pm and as the following day was the fourth Saturday, they were supposed to return to work only on Monday.
However, around 9.45 am Saturday, Thanu received a call wherein she was informed that the main door of the bank was broken. She along with another person rushed to the bank to find that the thieves had gained entry by breaking the rolling shutter.
“How can one be shaheed (a martyr) and enter heaven if he ends up dragging his family to the streets, leaving them in shambles,” wonders an aunt of Mohammed Shariq, 24, the accused in a November 19 blast in Mangaluru.
With tears brimming, she asks whether the family, left with only women after Shariq’s arrest and the death of his father Hasim Abdul Majeed three months ago, have seen the last of the police at their home.
Shariq was in jail for eight months in 2021 for an Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) case registered for writing provocative graffiti on the walls, and wanted in a September 2022 case of testing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Shivamogga. He is now at the centre of a new UAPA case over an accidental blast that occurred in an autorickshaw in Mangaluru this month while he was allegedly ferrying an IED.

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