NIA raids 5 locations in Karnataka, held 3 in BJP worker murder


New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday raided five locations, including Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada, Hubballi and Mysuru in connection with the murder case of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Praveen Nettaru.

The agency also made three arrests during the raids. Those arrested have been identified as K Mahammad Iqbal, K Ismail Shafi, Bellare and Ibrahim Sha of Kasaba, Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada.

So far, at least 10 people have been arrested in the case and rewards have been announced for the four accused who escaped. The investigation is ongoing.

The case relates to the killing of BJP worker Praveen Nettaru, who was a resident of Bellare. Nettaru became the district secretary of the BJP Yuva Morcha.

He was killed by activists of the recently banned People’s Front of India (PFI) to instill fear in the society. The case was registered at the Bellare police station on July 27, which was later re-registered by the NIA on August 4.

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