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Two Muslims arrested for killing BJP youth wing leader amid massive protest, suspected links with PFI

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bengaluru: In the breaking development in the case, Two Muslim men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Karnataka BJP youth leader Praveen Nettaru amid huge protest across state. Both suspected links with PFI. The police gave this information on Thursday. Motive of the murder yet to be ascertained. It is worth noting that in connection with the murder of Praveen Nettaru in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, the police had detained more than 5 people for questioning.

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The culprits in Praveen’s murder case have been identified as Zakir and Shafique, said Sonawane Rishikesh, Dakshina Kannada SP. Zakir was arrested from Savanur in the Haveri district while Shafiq was taken into custody in Ballare.

He said that when the situation started going out of control in Bellary on Wednesday, the police had to resort to mild lathi charge to disperse the furious mob. Some people tried to demolish the vehicle of BJP state chief Nalin Kumar Kateel. Dakshina Kannada District Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra, SP Rishikesh Bhagwana Sonavane and other officials were also present on the occasion.

32-year-old Praveen, a member of the District BJP Yuva Morcha Samiti, was murdered by bike-borne assailants in front of his brother’s shop on Tuesday night. The murder created tension at many places in Dakshina Kannada district on Wednesday. There were incidents of stone pelting at some places and the police had to resort to mild lathi charge to control the situation.

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai said that the government has cancelled the celebration of a year of our government formation, ‘Janotsava’, in view of Praveen’s murder.

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Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai condemned the “heinous act” and assured that the culprits will be arrested soon. “It looks like a planned incident bearing similarities to other cases,” CM Bommai said.

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