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Bengaluru: Bengaluru police has arrested six members of a radical Islamist political outfit accused of plotting and attacking a Hindu activist, who participated in a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) rally last month, the city’s police commissioner Bhaskar Rao said on Friday.

Rao said the police managed to apprehend six activists of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), who had plotted to disrupt the pro-CAA and pro-NRC rally on 22 December in Bengaluru.

The arrests revive the demands by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other right wing groups that sought a ban on SDPI. The six arrested individuals are Irfan, Syed Akbar, Syed Siddique Akbar, Akbar Basha, Sana and Sadique Ul-Ameen. All were residents of Bengaluru.

According to the SDPI website, the outfit was founded on 21 July, 2009 as the political party for the advancement of the people of India, particularly the weaker and marginalised sections of the society.

"…They had systematically well planned and hatched a criminal conspiracy with animus intention and had come well-prepared to commit the offence," Rao said, adding that an amount 10,000 was used to carry out the attack.

One person was brutally attacked after he left the venue, which the police said was the handiwork of the arrested individuals.

Though Rao and the police had earlier said the attack on the person was personal and not related to the rally or him being an activist of a Hindu organisation, the commissioner later clarified that the attackers had meticulously planned disrupting the rally and target a prominent leader present at the venue.

Tejaswi Surya, BJP member of the Parliament from Bengaluru South, and Chakravarty Sulibele, a member of the party's youth brigade, were among the hundreds who participated in the rally.

Rao said the attackers had initially planned to hurl stones on the rally, and in the commotion, aimed to attack Surya. However, the assailants diverted their attention towards the victim, who was selected randomly by the attackers, due to heavy police presence.

"It is also learnt that their primary target was me and that they couldn't execute their plan into fruition," Surya told reporters in Bengaluru.

SDPI has contested elections in Karnataka and neighbouring Kerala. The party holds posts in grams panchayat and local city corporations. They had even contested one seat in December bypolls in Karnataka. Senior BJP ministers said SDPI was involved in several such murders and other illegal activities and that the government would recommend banning the outfit.

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