There were chaotic scenes outside the central jail in Bengaluru on Wednesday, as AIADMK interim general secretary Sasikala Natarajan surrendered before the special court after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case. Police sources suspect that the violence that took place outside the court hall was a stage managed one.
When Sasikala arrived at the court by 5.15 pm there was no chaos whatsoever. Suddenly an SUV carrying AIADMK MLAs was attacked by miscreants. The glasses of the SUV was shattered and the police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the mob.
The police is now questioning three persons in connection with the violence. They have not given any clear indication as to what exactly transpired. But the police suspect that these persons could be mere puppets who were asked to trigger the violence. There was no intelligence about any group formation to create trouble, the police say.
A police official informed that it appears as though this was pre-planned. In some quarters officials also suspect that the violence could have been stage-managed so that Sasikala can make an application for a transfer to a Chennai jail. As per the orders of the Supreme Court, she will be lodged in the Bengaluru jail for the remainder of her 3.6 year term.
The violence could be cited as an example in the application citing a threat to her life in Karnataka. She could also state that due to security reasons she be shifted from Bengaluru to a jail in Tamil Nadu.