RTI Activist Murder: Yuva Brigade Founder Naresh Shenoy in Custody
Shenoy, who is a popular right-wing leader and founder of NaMo Brigade, has been missing since the murder.
Pro-Hindu Yuva Brigade founder Naresh Shenoy, who has been named as prime accused in RTI activist Vinayak Baliga murder case, was produced before a court in Mangaluru on Monday and was remanded to police custody for three days.
Shenoy, who had been absconding since the murder that took place on 21 March, was arrested by the police on Sunday. It is reported that Shenoy was hiding in Jammu Kashmir, Gorakhpur and Lucknow and areas bordering Nepal.
Shenoy is a popular right-wing youth leader and founder of Namo Brigade which had organised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign in 2014. The NaMo Brigade, which was his outfit’s original name, was later renamed as Yuva Brigade.
Besides Naresh Shenoy, the other arrested are Shailesh (40), Shivaprasad (28), Vineet Poojary (26) and Nishit Devadiga (23). The motive for the murder was financial irregularities found in the account of a city temple. The temple is a cash-rich religious institution belonging to Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community.
Police sources said that Shenoy was angered when Baliga, a fellow community member, tried to expose the dealings of the accused in the temple.
(With PTI inputs.)
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