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Karnataka: NIA arrests key accused in BJP activist Praveen Nettaru’s murder case

Praveen Nettaru murder case: Earlier, the NIA investigation into the murder case revealed that PFI had formed secret killer squads to further its agenda of establishing Islamic rule by 2047.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Bengaluru Updated on: May 10, 2024 12:49 IST
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Image Source : PTI (FILE) BJP Yuva Morcha worker Praveen Nettaru who was allegedly murdered at Bellare in Dakshina Kannada district.

Praveen Nettaru murder case: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested Mustafa Paichar, the prime accused in the BJP Yuva Morcha worker Praveen Nettaru murder case in Bengaluru. The accused, Mustafa Paichar was arrested by NIA officials from his hideout in Karnataka, said NIA sources.

Praveen Nettaru was hacked to death by two bike-borne attackers on July 26, 2022, in Bellare village of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka allegedly by cadres of the Popular Front of India (PFI). The PFI was later banned in September of that year.

Who killed BJP activist Praveen Nettaru?

He was hacked to death in Sullia Taluk allegedly by Popular Front of India 'Killer Squads' or 'Service Teams'.  The case was initially registered at the Bellare police station and later handed over to the NIA. NIA took over case in August 2022.

NIA chargesheet in Praveen Nettaru’s murder case

The NIA had filed a chargesheet against 20 people in the case in January 2023. According to the NIA chargesheet, Nettaru was killed with sharp weapons as part of the PFI's agenda to create fear among members of one community and create communal hatred and unrest in society.

The NIA probe into the murder case revealed that PFI had formed secret killer squads to further its agenda of establishing Islamic rule by 2047. These members were given weapons as well as training in surveillance techniques to identify, enlist, and monitor leaders belonging to certain communities and groups.

Last year in October, the NIA announced cash rewards for information on three suspects in the case. The NIA had said the three suspects were Popular Front of India members- Naushad (32) from Poyyagudde Padangadi, Abdul Nasir (41) from Somwarpet taluk, and Abdul Rahaman (36). The NIA has announced Rs 2 lakh each for sharing any information on the trio.

Praveen Nettaru murder mystery

A total of 21 persons, including the absconders, have so far been chargesheeted by the NIA under various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Indian Penal Code and Arms Act. As per the NIA, the PFI has been indulging in such targeted hate killings with the aim of driving a communal wedge and spreading communal hatred with its ultimate objective of establishing an Islamic Rule in India by 2047.

In September 2022, the Central government declared PFI as "unlawful association" and temporarily banned the organisation for five years under the UAPA act. 

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