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NIA arrests 3 more PFI men in BJP member Nettaru murder case

BJP Yuva Morcha member Praveen Nettaru.

The National Investigation Agency on Saturday arrested another three Popular Front of India (PFI) members in Bengaluru and Dakshina Kannada district in connection with the murder of BJP Yuva Morcha member Praveen Nettaru.

The agency carried out searches at five locations in Dakshina Kannada, Hubbali and Mysuru. Digital devices and incriminating documents were seized from the houses of the accused.

Three PFI members named K Mahammad Iqbal, K Ismail Shafi and Ibrahim were arrested by the NIA over their active involvement in the conspiracy to kill Nettaru. A total of ten people have now been arrested in the murder case. The agency has also declared a reward against four accused who are absconding in the case.

Nettaru was a resident of Bellare and was district secretary of the BJP Yuva Morcha.

According to the NIA FIR, Nettaru had shut his chicken shop at 8:30 pm on July 26. He was about to go home on his bike and the complainant in the case went inside the shop to bring his raincoat.

After the complainant heard shouting outside the shop, he came out to see Nettaru lying on the road and three attackers armed with sharp weapons fleeing the spot on a bike.

Nettaru sustained serious head injuries in the attack and was taken to Pragathi Hospital in Puttur where the doctor declared him dead.