Crime Branch arrests absconding former Coporator in Bangalore riot case

Bengaluru: The Central Crime Branch (CCB), which has been inventigating the KG Halli and D G Halli riot case in which four people were killed and a number of houses burnt on August 11, have arrested former corporator of Pulakeshinagar ward, Abdul Rakeeb Zakir, who was on the run since then.
He is the second Corporator arrested in this connection after former Mayor R Sampath Raj, who was also on the run for about one month after the incident.
Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) confirmed the arrest of Zakir on Wednesday night and said further details cannot be shared till they interrogate him.
Zakir and Sampath both were hiding together in the same Farm House near Nagarahole. After the arrest of their aide Riyazuddin on November 7, Zakir changed his hideout.
He (Riyazuddin) had helped the duo to escape from the police by arranging accommodation and other basic needs for them.
The CCB has already filed chargesheet against Sampath and Zakir along with other accused. Sampath is at present in judicial custody and lodged in Parappana Agrahara central jail.
The CCB is investigating the case of arson at the residence of Akhanda Srinivas Murthy, Pulakeshinagar MLA, while two other cases of arson at D J Halli and K G Halli police stations are being investigated by National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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