The NIA has taken over investigations in the October 16 murder of an RSS worker in Bengaluru to find out whether there was a larger communal conspiracy to target right-wing leaders in south India.
The Bengaluru police, which was investigating the case earlier, had arrested five people for their involvement in the murder of RSS worker R Rudresh. Those arrested were identified as Mohammed Sadiq (35), Mohammed Mujibulla (44), Wasim Ahmed (30), Irfan Pasha (30), and Asim Sherif (40), the Bengalaru district president of the Popular Front of India, which the BJP wants banned.
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Before taking up this case, the NIA had been looking closely at two similar murders — the September 22 killing of Hindu Munnani functionary C Sasikumar in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and that of a Bajrang Dal worker, K Raju, in Mysuru in Karnataka on March 13 this year.
While Sasikumar’s murder in Coimbatore is yet to be cracked, Mysuru police claimed to have solved the killing of Bajrang Dal activist Raju with the arrest of a youth named Abid Pasha. Pasha allegedly has had links with the PFI in south India.
He has been accused by Mysuru police of involvement in six murders in the region.
The NIA announced last week that it was taking over the probe of the murder of the RSS secretary for Shivajinagar unit, R Rudresh, on the orders of the Union Home Ministry.
Rudresh was hacked to death in the heart of Bengaluru on October 16.