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Karnataka BJP leader murder: NIA to investigate, says CM Bommai

Mangaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai today announced that the probe into the July 26 murder of BJP youth wing leader Praveen Nettaru will be handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Fazil, 23, was stabbed to death by masked attackers outside a shop in Karnataka’s Mangaluru yesterday evening.

The savage attack was caught on a CCTV camera in the lane. The attackers, who had covered their faces with black cloths, repeatedly hit Fazil with a stick and stabbed him. Even after he collapsed and a mannequin fell on top of him, one of the men continued to hit him.

The attack came just days after BJP youth wing leader Praveen Nettaru was hacked to death. The murder sparked protests in Bellare and Sullia, with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad calling for a bandh.

Some right-wing outfits have alleged that Popular Front of India and Social Democratic Party of India are behind Nettaru’s murder.

Two residents of Bellare have been arrested in connection with Nettaru’s murder, while the investigation is on to catch the attackers of Fazil.

Hundreds of people took part in the funeral procession of Fazil today.

Karnataka Chief Minister said his government was not treating the case as an ordinary murder. The state government is going into the motive behind the crime. “For us, the life of every person is important. We treat everyone equally,” the chief minister said.

The Chief Minister said that if the situation demands, the “Yogi mode” that exists in Uttar Pradesh will come into force in Karnataka too to deal with anti-national and communal elements that are trying to create unrest.

Prohibitory orders have been imposed in Mangaluru till July 30 morning.

No one will be allowed to roam in the city after 10 pm, said Shashi Kumar, the police chief in Mangaluru.

Leader of Opposition in the assembly, Siddaramiah demanded the resignation of Mr Bommai, saying law and order in the state has ‘completely collapsed’. The killings in the state shows ‘intelligence failure’, he said.