Karnataka Praveen Nettaru Murder: NIA arrests the main accused in the murder case of BJP worker Praveen Nettaru.

Praveen Nettaru murder case: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested Mustafa Paicher, the main accused in the murder case of BJP Yuva Morcha worker Praveen Nettaru in Bengaluru. NIA sources said that accused Mustafa Paicher was arrested by NIA officials from his hideout in Karnataka.

Praveen Nettaru was killed by two bike-borne assailants, allegedly by Popular Front of India (PFI) cadres, in Belare village in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district on July 26, 2022. Later in September the same year, PFI was banned.

Who murdered BJP worker Praveen Nettaru?

He was murdered in Sullia taluk, allegedly by the Popular Front of India ‘Killer Squad’ or ‘Service Teams’. The case was initially registered at the Bellare police station and later handed over to the NIA. NIA took over the case in August 2022.

NIA’s charge sheet in Praveen Nettaru’s murder case

The NIA had filed a charge sheet against 20 people in the case in January 2023. According to the NIA charge sheet, Nettaru was murdered with sharp weapons as part of the PFI’s agenda to create fear among members of a community and create communal hatred and unrest in the society.

The NIA investigation into the murder case revealed that the PFI had formed a secret assassination squad to further its agenda of establishing Islamic rule by 2047. These members were given weapons as well as training in surveillance techniques to identify, recruit and monitor leaders belonging to certain communities.

In October last year, the NIA had announced a cash reward for information leading to three suspects in the case. The NIA had said the three suspects were members of the Popular Front of India – Naushad (32) from Poyyagudde Padangadi, Abdul Nasir (41) and Abdul Rehman (36) from Somwarpet taluk. The NIA has announced a reward of Rs 2 lakh each for sharing any information about the three.

Praveen Nettaru Murder Mystery

The NIA has so far filed charge sheets against a total of 21 people, including the fugitives, under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act. According to the NIA, the PFI has been involved in such targeted hate killings with the aim of creating hatred and spreading communal hatred with its ultimate objective of establishing Islamic rule in India by 2047.

In September 2022, the central government declared PFI an “unlawful association” and temporarily banned the organization for five years under the UAPA Act.

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