Nettaru, a resident of Bellare and the late district secretary of BJP Yuva Morcha, who was hacked to death outside his shop on July 26, 2022, to strike terror among the people of society.
The anti-terror agency filed the chargesheet in a special court in Bengaluru under sections of 120B, 153A, 302 and 34 of Indian Penal Code and sections 16, 18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, and Section 25(1)(a) of Arms Act, reported ANI.
The agency said that of the 20 charge-sheeted PFI members, six are absconding and rewards have been declared for information leading to their arrest in the case.
Investigations revealed PFI, as part of its agenda to create terror, communal hatred and unrest in society & further its agenda of establishing Islamic Rule by 2047, formed secret teams ‘Service Teams’ or ‘Killer Squads’ to carry out killings of its ‘perceived enemies’ & targets, ANI quoted NIA, as saying.
NIA added that these Service Team members were given arms as well as attack training and training in surveillance techniques in order to identify, list out and to mount surveillance on individuals/leaders belonging to certain communities and groups.
“In furtherance of conspiracy meetings by PFI members and leaders held at Bengaluru city, Sullia Town and Bellare village, the head of District Service Team Mustafa Paichar was instructed to recce, identify and target a prominent member of a particular community. As per instructions, 4 persons were recced and identified and among them, Praveen Nettaru was assaulted and killed on July 26 last year in full public view with lethal weapons to create terror among the people and especially among members of a particular community,” stated NIA.
Among the chargesheeted accused, Mustafa Paichar, Masud KA, Kodaje Mohammed Sherif, Abubakkar Siddik, Ummar Farook MR and Thufail MH are currently absconding and rewards have been declared for information leading to their arrest.
Meanwhile, NIA has declared cash rewards of Rs 5 lakh each on two Popular Front of India (PFI) members wanted in the murder of Praveen Nettaru.
The reward has been declared against Kadaje Mohammed Sherif, 53, and Masud KA, 40, both residents of the Kannada district in Karnataka. The NIA has made it clear that the identity of those sharing information will be kept secret.
– With inputs from ANI.