Two with hyperlinks to PFI detained for homicide of BJP employee: Cops | bangalore

Two men suspected of having links with the Popular Front of India (PFI) have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 32-year-old Bharatiya Janata Janata leader Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district, it has been reported. police on Thursday, adding that they were caught in Kasargod district in Kerala.

The arrested accused were Zakir (29) from Savanuru in Haveri district and Mohammed Shafiq (27) from Bellare village, where Yuva Morcha district government committee member Praveen Nettaru was hacked by unidentified bicycle attackers on Tuesday. at night, said Dakshina Kannada, Superintendent of Police (SP) Rishikesh Sonawane.

At least 15 other people have been questioned so far in the case and some are still in custody, the SP said.

“Right now we are looking at all aspects, we will look at other people’s involvement, motive and other issues,” Sonawane said, adding that the arrests were made in accordance with the evidence to be had and the investigation. In progress.

Nettaru, a resident of Bellare in Dakshina Kannada, was previously attacked by assailants on bicycles as he was returning home after his poultry shop arrived late on Tuesday evening. A case was registered under phase 302 (homicide) of the Indian Penal Code. The incident sparked protests in many parts of the district on Wednesday, with cases of stone flaying being reported in some spaces.

The two accused were arrested on Wednesday evening and placed under arrest warrant on Thursday, said the Director General of Police (Legislation and Order) Alok Kumar. “Both have suspicious links to PFI – which we need to verify. We took them into custody on Wednesday evening and after investigation we arrested them. We will present them in court and request custody and investigate further. thorough,” Kumar said.

The SP said that one of the most accused, Zakir, had already registered a case against him at the Bellare police station in 2020 for an offense under article 324 (willfully inflicting damage by wrong weapons or manner) of the Indian Penal Code.

Although police have yet to show whether the two arrested men murdered Praveen or if they were part of the conspiracy, Dakshina Kannada police officials told HT that investigators have drawn up a timeline of events in the period before the homicide. .

Based on CCTV footage, of which HT saw a replica, police knew the two-wheeler with the Kerala registration number which was allegedly used by the attackers to kill Nettaru, a senior officer said.

In the photos, a guy on a bike could well be seen ready on the street rather than heading to Nettaru’s store. The motorbike, which was once parked about 50 yards from the store, started rolling at 8:33 p.m. and within seven minutes other people were seen working against the store, a senior police officer said . “Based on the footage, we believe the murder took place between 8:37 and 8:40 p.m.,” the officer added, requesting anonymity.

The Kasaragod Police Chief, from where the two accused were arrested, has been asked to form a Single Investigation Team (SIT) to lend a hand to the Karnataka Police, the officer said.

“Kerala Police Chief has directed Kasaragod District Police Chief Vaibhav Saxena to take all necessary steps in the investigation,” the officer said. “A list of those with a history of involvement in political disputes in the district has also been compiled.”

Karnataka House Minister Araga Jnanendra said groups like the PFI and its political wing, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), had been fascinated by the same actions in the past. “The involvement of PFI and SDPI in the case is also under investigation,” he said.

The PFI is an Islamic organization and it has been frequently accused by the BJP of propagating communal tensions and extremist actions.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shobha Karandlaje has written a letter to Union House Minister Amit Shah demanding that the investigation into Nettaru’s homicide be forwarded to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Karandlaje, the Lok Sabha MP from Udupi-Chikkamagaluru constituency, blamed Muslim fundamentalists and organizations like PFI, SDPI and similar teams for the homicide.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who visited Nettaru’s home on Thursday afternoon, assured that the culprits involved in the “heinous act” will be punished according to law. “The heinous killing of our party worker Praveen Nettaru is condemnable. Those involved in this heinous act will soon be arrested and punished according to law,” Bommai tweeted on Wednesday.

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