Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi hints SDPI, PFI links in BJP worker’s murder

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Union Minister Pralhad Joshi suspected a political motive for the horrible murder of young BJP worker Praveen Nettaru in Karnataka’s Bellare on Wednesday, pledging that the state government will bring the perpetrators to justice.

“Initial reports and some media reports indicate at SDPI and PFI links. They are being encouraged in Kerala. In Karnataka, Congress encouraged them. Our government in Karnataka will take action and book the culprits,” Joshi, a senior BJP leader from Karnataka, said. Unidentified individuals on a bike assaulted Nettaru, a BJP activist, late Tuesday evening in Bellare, Dakshina Kannada, with fatal weapons.

Earlier, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai stated on Wednesday that the state police were in contact with their Kerala counterparts because the incident occurred near the border.

“As the incident took place close to Kerala border, our police are in touch with Kerala Police. Karnataka DGP will speak to his Kerala counterpart, while SP Mangaluru has spoken to SP Kasargod. It looks like a pre-planned incident bearing similarities to other cases,” said the chief minister.

Earlier in the day, the body of a BJP Yuva Morcha worker was taken to his Sullia home. As they exhibited their collective sadness, thousands of residents followed the ambulance carrying Nettaru’s remains.

Local officials made meticulous preparations for the convoy’s passage.

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