Karnataka Police arrest 2 more with PFI links in Praveen Nettaru murder case

The state police have arrested a total of six people in connection with the murder of the BJP youth wing worker.

BySaurav Kumar

Published Aug 08, 2022 | 6:25 PMUpdated Aug 08, 2022 | 6:26 PM

Karnataka Police arrest 2 more with PFI links in Praveen Nettaru murder case

The Karnataka Police on late Sunday, 7 August, nabbed two more persons for their alleged involvement in the murder of BJP youth wing worker Praveen Nettaru.

The two have been identified as Junaid Abid (22) and Naufal (28).

A senior police officer of the Dakshina Kannada Police told South First that Abid was arrested from Navoor in the Sullia taluk, while Naufal was arrested from Gaurihole in the Bellare taluk.

“The two arrested have links to the Popular Front of India (PFI),” a senior police officer stationed at the Sullia police station said.

The officer added that Abid and Naufal have been booked under Sections 16 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and IPC Sections 302, 120B, and 34.

In total, six people have been arrested in the case so far.

The police got their first breakthrough in the BJP youth wing worker murder case on 28 July with the arrest of Zakir (29) and Shafiq (27).

This month, the state police arrested two more — Saddam (32) and Harris (42) — for their alleged involvement in the murder. 

The 32-year-old BJP youth worker was hacked to death on 26 July night in the Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada.

Nettaru’s murder led to massive unrest in the communally-volatile district, with scores of protests by BJP workers demanding justice. 

A few days after the incident, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced an investigation into Nettaru’s murder by the National Investigating Agency (NIA).