Praveen Nettaru murder case to be handed to NIA: Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Under pressure to take stringent action in the case of a Dakshina Kannada based local BJYM office bearer Praveen Nettaru, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday afternoon announced that the investigations will be handed over to the national investigation agency (NIA).
Praveen Nettaru was hacked to death on July 26 in Bellare village of Dakshina Kannada by unknown assailants who came on a motorbike.
On Friday morning, CM Bommai held a meeting of senior police personnel and home department at the Karnataka Shakti Bhavan, the KPCL headquarters, to discuss the possible measures that can be taken in policing the communally sensitive coastal districts and follow up on the murder case.
After the meeting, CM Bommai spoke to media persons and said: “Considering the sensitive nature of the case, which involves an organised crime and also cutting across state jurisdictions into Kerala, we have decided to hand over the case to the NIA for further investigation.”
CM Bommai said that the government will update the investigation as of today and make a written request to the NIA for taking up the investigation.
“The specific details and order will be issued by the home department,” said Bommai.
He said the decision was taken in accordance with a discussion between himself and the state DG&IG.
With this decision, the total number of cases handed over to the NIA by Karnataka goes up to seven in the last 10 years, including the murders of three Hindu activists.
The three Hindu activists whose murder cases have been referred to the NIA include Rudresh, who was murdered in Shivajinagar, Bengaluru in 2016, Harsha in February 2022 in Shivamogga and now Nettaru.
While the Rudresh murder case has seen the NIA courts continuing to hear the matter, the Harsha murder case is yet to see the investigating agency complete its probe.
The other four cases include the Chinnaswamy stadium bomb blast case of 2010, the Malleswaram BJP head office bomb blast case of 2013, the Church Street bomb blast case of 2015 and the DJ Halli-KG Halli riots case of 2020.
Barring the Chinnaswamy stadium bomb blast case conviction, the rest of cases are in trial at the NIA courts or under investigation.

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