NIA announces 15th arrest in Karnataka BJP youth leader Praveen Nettaru murder case

Shaheed M, a resident of Masthikatte Road, Bellare village, was arrested by NIA on Saturday in Dakshina-Kannada.

ByPTI

Published Nov 13, 2022 | 7:12 PMUpdated Nov 15, 2022 | 1:08 PM

NIA announces 15th arrest in Karnataka BJP youth leader Praveen Nettaru murder case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested one more person in connection with the killing of BJP youth wing leader Praveen Nettaru, allegedly by members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Karnataka, an official said on Sunday, 13 November.

Shaheed M, a resident of Masthikatte Road, Bellare village, is the 15th accused arrested by the NIA in its investigation into the murder of Nettaru, a district secretary of the BJP Yuva Morcha, on 26 July, a spokesperson of the federal agency said.

“During the investigations, it was found that Shaheed was part of the conspiracy meeting held at his house by the PFI to target leaders of certain political organisations,” the NIA said, adding that he was arrested during searches in Dakshina-Kannada district of Karnataka on Saturday.

‘Incriminating documents seized’

The spokesperson said incriminating documents were also seized from the house of the accused during the raid.

The NIA said Shaheed was arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The case was initially registered on 27 July at the Bellare police station in Dakshina Kannada district and later re-registered by the NIA on 4 August.

“The investigations revealed that a conspiracy had been hatched by leaders and members of the PFI to murder Nettaru to take revenge for the murder of one Masood and to strike terror among the people,” the spokesperson said.

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