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K’taka CM Bommai-led govt to hand over BJP worker murder case to NIA

By Priyanka Verma 
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Karnataka: In the breaking development in this case of, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday announced that the Karnataka government has decided to hand over the investigation of BJYM activist Praveen Nettare murder case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).There have been two murders raising questions on law and order in Karnataka. While 32-year-old BJP leader Praveen Nettaru was murdered in Dakshina Kannada district on July 26, 23-year-old Fazil was stabbed to death by masked assailants in Mangaluru last evening. Of these, as announced so far, Netteru’s murder case will go to the NIA.

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The Chief Minister made the announcement after chairing a high-level meeting with top police officials in Bengaluru.He said that the perpetrators of the murder belonged to the neighboring state of Kerala. Bommai on Friday said, “We have decided to hand over the case to the NIA. It will be communicated to the Home Department. Since it is an inter-state issue (Karnataka-Kerala), we decided to hand over the matter to the NIA.”

During the interrogation, on Friday one more person was arrested in connection with the killing. On Thursday, two persons had been apprehended by police in relation to the case who had suspected links with Islamic organisation Popular Front of India (PFI). Police said the two people arrested earlier have been identified as Zakir (29) and Mohammed Shafiq (27), both from Bellare in Sullia taluk where Nettar was killed.

Late on Tuesday evening, BJYM young BJP worker, Praveen Nettaru was attacked with lethal weapons by unidentified people on a bike in Bellare in Dakshina Kannada late Tuesday evening. Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra while making a statement on the incident said that the involvement of the extremist Popular Front of India (PFI), and its political arm Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), was suspected.

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