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NIA files charge sheet in RSS leader murder case

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today filed charge sheet in a special here against five persons for allegedly killing an member here last year with an intention to strike terror among people and prevent them from joining the outfit. Those named in the charge sheet were members of Popular Front of (PFI) and its affiliated political organisation Social Democratic Party of (SDPI), an NIA release said. "A charge sheet was filed today before a special here against five persons for killing member Rudresh with an intention to strike terror among a section of the people," it said. The killing of Rudresh had raised a political storm with saffron parties staging protests over it in the state. leader and former minister Shobha Karandlaje had alleged involvement of a state minister in the incident. The NIA said its investigation established that the accused and others had conspiracy meetings prior to the terrorist act near Aksa Masjid, and Chota Charminar in Bengaluru in September 2016. They decided to kill at least two workers in uniform soon after their procession, the NIA said. The killing of workers would immediately strike terror in a section of people and prevent many of them from joining the organisation, the release added. Investigation has disclosed that the indoctrination of the members was done in order to make them believe that they were doing their act as part of fulfilling the objective of "establishing Islam and jihad by killing a kafir (a non- Muslim)", NIA said. The intention to strike terror among a section of the people was achieved by the broad-daylight of Rudresh who was in uniform, using a lethal weapon on October 16, 2016, it said. None of the accused, arrested last year, had personal enmity with the deceased Rudresh and was killed solely because of his leadership and membership to a particular organisation, it added. The accused are Irfan Pasha, Waseem Ahmed, Mohammad Sadiq, Mohammed Mujeeb Ulla and Asim Sheriff. They have been listed in the charge sheet under sections Indian Penal Code sections and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the agency said.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 22:42 IST