Rudresh killers wanted to murder 2 RSS men, says NIA charge sheet

'Their aim was to trigger terror among the public'

Rudresh killers wanted to murder 2 RSS men, says NIA charge sheet

The charge sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday has said that all five accused in RSS worker R Rudresh’s murder had planned to kill at least two RSS workers in uniform soon after the RSS route march on October 16, 2016.

Their aim was to trigger terror among the public and prevent people from joining the RSS. They were indoctrinated into believing that they would fulfil the objective of Islam and jihad by killing a kafir, the charge sheet said.

The NIA Hyderabad Branch filed the charge sheet before the special court for NIA cases, Bengaluru, referring to the motives that led to the hacking of Rudresh (50).

 The accused Irfan Pasha, (32), a resident of Govindapuram, Waseem Ahmed (32) of Austin Town, Mohammad Sadiq (35) of Marappa Garden, Mohammed Mujeeb Ulla (46) of RT Nagar and Asim Sheriff (40) of Benson Town are members of Popular Front of India (PFI) and its affiliated political organisation Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). They had no enmity with Rudresh, but decided to kill him as he was an RSS activist, the charge sheet states.

The accused held a series of meetings near Aqsa Masjid and near Chhoti Charminar Masjid in Bengaluru in September 2016 where the conspiracy was hatched. The NIA will continue investigations under section  173 (8) of CrPC.

Rudresh was murdered by two men around 11.30 am on Kamaraj Road on October 16, 2016 when he was on his way home after an RSS  march.

Police arrested Pasha, Ahmed, Sadiq and Mujeeb Ulla on October 27, 2016, and Sheriff on November 2, 2016. The accused were booked under IPC sections 302 (r/w 34 murder), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and sections 16 1(a), 18, 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Based on the direction of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the NIA registered a case afresh and took up the investigation.

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