New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) launched extensive searches on Wednesday at the residences of three fugitive suspects connected to the murder of Praveen Nettaru, a member of the BJP Yuva Morcha who was killed by members of the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Karnataka last year.
Three locations were searched in two districts of Karnataka on Tuesday as part of the NIA’s efforts to hunt down the absconders. The NIA successfully confiscated various electronic devices and important documents during the raids conducted at the homes of Abdul Nasir and Abdul Rahaman in Kodagu district, as well as at Naushad’s residence in Dakshina Kannada district.
“All three are suspected of harbouring the main assailants of Parveen Nettaru at various hideouts across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Efforts to track down the absconding accused are continuing,” said the NIA.
Nettaru was hacked to death on July 26, 2022, in Bellare village of Sullia Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district by PFI ‘Killer Squads’ or ‘Service Teams’. The PFI, which was banned by the Central government in September last year, has been indulging in such targeted ‘hate killings’ with the aim of driving a communal wedge and spreading communal hatred, with its ultimate objective of establishing an Islamic Rule in India by 2047.