Published On : Mon, Sep 19th, 2016

This 22-year-old girl led the mob that torched 42 buses for Rs 100 and biryani

bengaluruBengaluru: Did you ever wonder what can Rs 100 and a plate of Biryani do? It can dangerously motivate someone to burn 42 buses in a depot.

This happened in Bengaluru on September 12 when a mob resorted to arson attack at a bus depot. A 22-year girl has been charged with instigating arson attack on the bus depot.

Bhagya is the only woman to have been arrested in connection with the violence that plagued Bengaluru following the Cauvery verdict by the supreme court.


On the basis of CCTV footage and mobile phone clips, police identified Bhagya as the chief instigator at the KPN bus depot, where 42 buses were parked and burnt down.

She is one the 11 people arrested for this incident. Besides gutting the entire depot in fire, they have been charged with dousing the crew of KPN fleet with diesel and threatening to be burn alive.

Many other women are also seen in the video footage but their connection with the incident is not clear. Police are still ascertaining as to whether other women, seen in the video, were involved in this act of vandalism.

The burnt buses belonged to a Tamil Nadu-based operator and several buses had TN number plates.


Bhagya lives with her parents in Bengaluru’s Girinagar locality, which is close to KPN bus depot. She is a daily wager. She moved into Bengaluru two years ago from Yadgir in north Karnataka.

According to Bhagya’s mother, on the day of the arson attack, she was approached by some men known to her. Bhagya was asked to join the protests in return for Rs 100 and one plate of mutton biryani, said her mother.