Deepak Rao's murder: Charge sheet filed against 13

Surathkal police have filed a charge sheet against 13 accused in connection with the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Deepak Rao in Katipalla, Surathkal.

An investigation team headed by ACP Manjunath Shetty, submitted a 500-page chargesheet to the second JMF court on Saturday, in connection with the crime that took place on January 3.

The charge sheet has mentioned the names of the accused Muhammed Nawaz alias Pinki Nawaz, Rizwan alias Rijju, Muhammed Naushad, Muhammed Irshan, Abdul Aziz, Muhammed Rafique alias Mango Rafique, Irafan, Muhammed Anas alias Anchu, Muhammed Zahid alias Zahi, Hidayatulla, Imran and Safwan. Except for Safwan, who is absconding, the rest have been confined to judicial custody.

According to the points mentioned in the charge sheet, a gang headed by Pinki Nawaz attempted to kill Bharat Raj in 2016. The incident sparked a rivalry between two gangs belonging to different communities. As admitted by the accused, the rivalry between the two groups got worse during a controversy on the issue of displaying buntings in Katipalla. The accused gang targetted Deepak Rao, who was an active member of Bajrang Dal.

An additional charge sheet would be filed after the completion of the investigation, police said.

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