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CM Bommai Meets Killed BJP Youth Leader's Kin, Announces Rs 25 Lakh Compensation

BJP youth leader Praveen Nettaru was murdered by bike-borne assailants in Karnataka's Dakshin Kannada on Tuesday.

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Edited By :Padmashree Pande

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai met with murdered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth leader Praveen Nettaru's family in Bellare on the evening of Thursday, 28 July.

The CM granted a Rs 25 lakh compensation to Praveen’s family from the state government, and expressed that there is dire need for a separate National Investigative Agency (NIA) probe into the incident.

Bommai flew to Mangaluru, following which he travelled by road, the chief minister's office said.

  • CM Bommai paying his respects.

    (Photo: Accessed by The Quint)

Speaking on banning PFI and SDPI, he added, "We have done whatever needs to be done. The process is on (to ban PFI). It’s not only in Karnataka but other states as well. I’m hopeful that very soon a decision will be take nice."

Ensuring strict action against the culprits, he stressed that he will not hesitate in putting the "Uttar Pradesh model" in effect. "I’ve told in PC before that we’ll do everything possible and we won’t hesitate to implement something stricter than that," he said.

The Probe: 2 Arrested, Links to PFI Found

Earlier in the day, after the Karnataka Police arrested two people in connection with the case, the Chief Minister said that the state government won't allow any "sort of organised crime to disturb the peace and harmony" in the state.

Out of the two – Zakir and Shafique – who were arrested, Zakir has a criminal case against him and has links with the Popular Front of India (PFI), ADGP (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said.

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On Wednesday, post outrage by BJP workers and Hindutva organisations, he had called an emergency press meeting and announced that he would be cancelling all events celebrating his one-year anniversary as chief minister and three years of the BJP's rule in Karnataka.

The Case

BJP youth leader Praveen Nettaru was murdered by bike-borne assailants in Karnataka's Dakshin Kannada on Tuesday night.

The 32-year-old had closed his poultry shop, Akshaya Poultry Farm, and was returning home when the attackers charged at him with a machete.

Tensions gripped Bellare after the murder as the police reportedly shut down all shops, establishments, and hotels in the area amid protests.

Several Hindutva organisations launched demonstrations against the murder, with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) calling for a bandh in Kadaba, Suliya, and Puttur to protest Nettaru's killing.

Instances of stone-pelting and police lathi-charge were also reported from the district on Wednesday amid the uproar.

Section 144 was imposed in Puttur until Friday, the police said.

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