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BJP youth leader hacked to death in Karnataka, special police team formed to trace accused

A BJP Yuva Morcha worker, Praveen Nettaru, was hacked to death with lethal weapons by unidentified people on a bike in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district on Tuesday.

BJP youth worker Praveen Nettaru was hacked to death by unidentified people in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district on Tuesday. (Photo: Twitter)

A BJP Yuva Morcha worker, Praveen Nettaru, was hacked to death with lethal weapons by unidentified people on a bike in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district late on Tuesday evening.

Security has been tightened in Bellare village of the Dakshina Kannada district in wake of this incident. An additional police force has also been dispatched from Mangalore and Udupi.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai expressed grief over the killing of the BJP youth worker and assured that the accused would be arrested and punished soon. Taking to Twitter, Bommai said that he condemns, “the barbaric killing of party activist Praveen Nettaru from Sullia, Dakshina Kannada. The perpetrators of such a heinous act will be arrested soon and punished under the law. May Praveen’s soul rest in peace.”

Police said that they were still looking for evidence. “Only in the media have we seen information on the Kerala bike number plate. We haven’t found any evidence. It is too soon to attribute anything. We have tightened security along the borders. All angles are being probed. Locals claim the murder was in retaliation for the murder of a Muslim youth Masood in Bellare area,” Mangalore Superintendent of police said.

Several right wing groups have called for a bandh in Sullia and Puttur taluk in Dakshina Kannada to condemn the killing of the BJP youth activist. The right-wing groups have accused the Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) to be behind the murder.

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