NIA makes 15th arrest in Dakshina Kannada BJP youth leader murder case

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November 13, 2022

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Mangaluru, Nov 13: The National Investigation Agency has arrested one more person in connection with the killing of BJP youth wing leader Praveen Nettaru in Dakshina Kannada district, an official said on Sunday.

Shaheed M, a resident of Masthikatte Road, Bellare village, in Sullia taluk, is the 15th accused arrested by the NIA in its investigation into the murder of Nettaru, a district secretary of the BJP Yuva Morcha, on July 26, a spokesperson of the federal agency said.

“During the investigations, it was found that Shaheed was part of the conspiracy meeting held at his house by the PFI to target leaders of certain political organisations,” the NIA claimed, adding that he was arrested during searches in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka on Saturday.

The spokesperson said incriminating documents were also seized from the house of the accused during the raid.

The NIA said Shaheed was arrested under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The case was initially registered on July 27 at the Bellare police station in Dakshina Kannada district and later re-registered by the NIA on August 4.

“The investigations revealed that a conspiracy had been hatched by leaders and members of the PFI to murder Nettaru to take revenge for the murder of one Masood and to strike terror among the people,” the spokesperson said. 

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February 15,2024

Mangaluru: A 27-year-old woman from Tumakuru tragically took her own life on Thursday morning. According to police sources, she jumped into the Netravati river from a moving train.

The woman, identified as M G Nayan (27) based on the Aadhar card found in her bag, was traveling on a Kannur-Bengaluru-Mangaluru train.

It is learnt that she jumped from the train when it was moving on the railway bridge on Netravati river near B C Road on the outskirts of Mangaluru. Railway personnel informed the matter to B C Road office and handed over her bag.

Local diving experts later recovered her body from the river and it was taken to the Bantwal government hospital for post-mortem.

The authorities are still investigating the exact identity of the woman and the reasons behind her decision.

ASI Devappa Vijayakumar from the Bantwal city police station visited the scene as part of the investigation.

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February 9,2024

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Haldwani, Feb 9: Two people died and 250 were injured in widespread violence over the demolition of a madrasa and an adjoining mosque in Uttarakhand's Haldwani on Thursday. The city has been placed under curfew, with shoot-at-sight orders issued against rioters and internet services completely shut down.

The confrontation reached a boiling point when a team of government officials, accompanied by policemen, attempted to raze the structures following a court order. The madrasa and mosque had been declared illegal by the administration, leading to their demolition. However, this move was met with fierce resistance from residents in the Vanbhulpura area of Haldwani.

Earlier it was reported that four people had died in the clashes but the district magistrate later revised the death count to two. 

The clash led to injuries to over 50 policemen, with several administration officials, municipal workers, and journalists also caught in the crossfire. The large group, described as "unruly elements," threw stones at the officials, prompting the police to retaliate with tear gas. The violence escalated as vehicles outside the police station were set on fire.

The demolitions carried out with heavy police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) presence, aimed to clear government land allegedly encroached upon by the madrasa and the mosque. The demolitions complied with a court order, said senior Superintendent of Police Prahlad Meena.

As the bulldozer razed the structures, enraged residents, including women, took to the streets in protest. As they broke barricades and clashed with the police, the situation escalated rapidly. Mobs then hurled stones at cops, municipal workers, and journalists, resulting in injuries and damage to property. More than 20 motorcycles and a security bus were set ablaze.

"Police did not provoke anyone. Despite that, they were attacked, a police station was vandalised and the rioters tried to burn police personnel inside the station," said Nainital District Magistrate Vandana Singh.

Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said a team had been dispatched to the area to carry out the demolition after a court order. The Chief Minister stressed that "anti-social elements" in the area had clashed with the police. Additional police and central forces are being deployed to restore order. Mr Dhami has appealed to the public to maintain peace.

Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Upadhyay claimed that the madrasa and namaz site were illegal, highlighting that the Haldwani civic body had previously seized three acres of nearby land and sealed the structures. The Chief Minister, in a meeting with senior officials, discussed prohibitory orders and the necessity for a shoot-at-sight policy against rioters to control the escalating unrest.

As a precautionary measure, a curfew has been imposed across Haldwani; shops and schools have been closed in the affected areas. The situation remains tense, with the Chief Minister urging officials to deal sternly with "anarchic elements." The injured are being treated in hospital, with many suffering head and face injuries.

The Uttarakhand High Court had a hearing on Thursday on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to halt the demolition. The court, however, did not grant relief, and the demolition continued. The matter is scheduled for further hearing on February 14.

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February 18,2024

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Kundapur, Feb 18: A ghastly road mishap involving a truck and a motorbike claimed the life of a local branch manager of a bank at Gangolli in Kundapura taluk of Udupi district on Saturday, February 17. 

The deceased has been identified as Rahul Balakrishna Ramkambe, the Maravanthe branch manager of Canara Bank. Rahul, who hailed from Maharashtra, had got married just a few months ago. He had purchased the ill-fated bike during his wedding. 

The tragedy took place when Rahul was heading home located in Kundapur after completing his work at the branch on Saturday evening. 

It is learnt that a speeding truck, traveling from Byndoor to Kundapur, collided with Rahul’s motorbike from behind.

Rahul was thrown onto the road and sustained grievous injuries in the collision. A group of local people including Ibrahmi Gangolli rushed him to Kundapur Hospital using their 24x7 Apathbandava ambulance service. However, Rahul breathed his last en route to the hospital.

The driver of the truck did not stop after the collision, prompting locals to chase him. The driver manoeuvred through Hemmadi market area and attempted to escape towards Byndoor. However, while trying to drive on the wrong side at the Mullikatte divider, the truck got stuck in a drain along the highway. Subsequently, the truck was lifted with the assistance of a crane, and the police apprehended the driver.

Gangolli Sub-Inspector Harish and personnel conducted a spot inspection at the accident site. 

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