Arun Dev is an Assistant Editor with the Karnataka bureau of Hindustan Times. A journalist for over 10 years, he has written extensively on crime and politics.

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Shivamogga reported 4 attacks since August 13

Shivamogga police said they have lodged eight cases in connection with assaults and violence on Independence Day over the Savarkar hoarding.
Four assault cases have been reported in communally-sensitive Shivamogga district since August 13, when some miscreants removed a hoarding carrying a photo of Hindutva icon VD Savarkar in the district. (PTI)
Published on Aug 18, 2022 12:18 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Violence over Savarkar, Tipu photos in Karnataka's Shivamogga, Sec 144 imposed

Later in the day, right-wing groups, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal, staged a flash protest in the city.
The police had to resort to lathi-charge in Shivamogga.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 06:39 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

More sea walls aren’t a solution to check sea erosion, warn experts

According to a status report by the ministry of earth science’s national centre for coastal research, 22% of Karnataka’s coast is eroding, while 48 per cent was in a stable state.
In the monsoon season this year, three coastal Karnataka districts received 2504.4 mm of rain, which is higher than the average for this time of the year. (HT)
Updated on Aug 15, 2022 04:03 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Praveen Nettaru murder a revenge for Muslim man’s killing: Officials

The gang behind the murder of the BJYM leader had identified at least three targets, including Nettaru, to take revenge on the killing of Masood, a daily wage earner from Kerala who was staying with his grandfather in Bellare, said a senior officer who was part of the probe into the Nettaru murder
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing leader Praveen Nettaru was hacked to death by unidentified people on a bike in Bellare, Dakshina Kannada. (ANI)
Published on Aug 14, 2022 12:14 AM IST

3 more held for BJP youth wing leader’s murder: Cops

Nettaru, 32, was hacked to death by unidentified motorbike-borne assailants on July 26 night at Bellare in the district.
Three people, who allegedly murdered Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) worker Praveen Nettaru in Dakshina Kannada district on July 26, were arrested on Thursday, Karnataka police said. (PTI)
Published on Aug 12, 2022 12:04 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Praveen Nettaru murder case: Karnataka police arrests three persons

Alok Kumar additional director general of police (ADGP) (law and order) said the three suspects were arrested while they were on the move to evade police
Praveen Nettaru (32) was hacked to death by unidentified motorbike-borne assailants on July 26 night. (HT photo)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 02:19 PM IST

Gauri Lankesh murder: Man privy to meeting held by accused deposes before court

The first witness (names have been withheld as per the court direction) told the Special Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) court that he had met key accused KT Naveen Kumar (A-17) at a park in Vijayanagar.
As the Gauri Lankesh murder trial resumed at a city court on Wednesday, the prosecution presented a witness, who was privy to a meeting held between the main two accused, where the initial planning for the murder took place. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Aug 11, 2022 12:15 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Acid attack on 23-year-old woman pre-planned: Karnataka Police

In the 770-page chargesheet submitted to the 13th additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) court, police have named 92 witnesses, including statements of two eyewitnesses taken under IPC Section 164.
Accused Nagesh Babu, who was waiting in an auto near the workplace of the woman in Bengaluru’s Sunkadakatte, had chased and poured acid on her, the chargesheet said. (ANI)
Published on Aug 10, 2022 12:20 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

In a first, K’taka police to set up posts for civilian experts

One of the important changes that is underway is the creation of a new post called Scene of Crime Officers (SoCOs)
Apart from streamlining the evidence collection, Karnataka police have also introduced a mobile forensic lab, revamped the FSL in Bengaluru with advanced equipment, fixed loopholes to avoid tampering with evidence and filled all vacancies pending in the forensic sciences department. (Representational photo)
Published on Aug 09, 2022 12:23 AM IST
ByArun Dev I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Bengaluru

Serial killer held in Karnataka for hacking women to death over revenge

The accused has been identified as T Siddalingappa, a resident of Kudur in Ramanagara district.
Karnataka serial killer, partner held for hacking sex workers to death for revenge
Published on Aug 06, 2022 04:10 PM IST

Caught on CCTV, Bengaluru dentist throws her 4-yr-old daughter from 4th floor

Bengaluru horrow: A senior police officer said that the entire incident was caught on a CCTV camera installed in the building
The Bengaluru dentist, who was married to a software engineer for 12 years, allegedly abandoned her daughter in a train a few months ago (File image)
Updated on Aug 05, 2022 09:40 PM IST

Police still unclear on CM Bommai’s new commando unit

In a midnight press conference on July 27, Bommai had also announced the setting up new commando squad to deal with organised political killings in the state.
Karnataka police chief, director general and inspector general of police Praveen Sood said that even though the state has three different ATS units their roles are well defined. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 05, 2022 12:25 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Fazil murdered to avenge BJP leader’s killing: Cops

Police said that the statements of the accused are being recorded separately to corroborate the sequence of the events provided by them during the initial investigation.
Fazil was murdered in Surathkal two days after Praveen Nettaru’s killing. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 04, 2022 12:15 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

6 arrested for killing Muslim man amid communal tension

Six people have been arrested in Karnataka’s Mangaluru in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old Muslim man at Surathkal in the Dakshina Kannada district on July 28, two days after the killing of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionary Praveen Nettaru, police said.
Puttur: Police personnel conduct a march past in Puttur, Mangaluru, Thursday, July 28, 2022. Tension prevailed in Puttur and other talukas of Dakshina Kannada district following the murder of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) member Praveen, who was hacked to death on Tuesday evening, July 26, by unidentified people on a bike. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 03, 2022 02:19 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

6 more held for hacking Karnataka man to death days after BJP leader’s murder

Police commissioner N Shashi Kumar said the six people came together with the aim of “killing someone” at the earliest and planned Mohammed Fazil’s murder for three days
Mohammed Fazil was killed in Dakshina Kannada district. (PTI)
Published on Aug 02, 2022 02:29 PM IST

Man from Kerala held over the murder of BJYM leader

The Dakshina Kannada police investigating the case are yet to release an official statement in the case, however, an official speaking on the condition of anonymity identified the detained person as Abid.
Karnataka police chief, director general and inspector general of police (DG and IGP) Praveen Sood said that the murders of Praveen Nettaru and Mohammed Fazil will be cracked soon. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2022 12:39 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

BJP youth worker murder: Karnataka govt to hand over probe to NIA, says CM

Praveen Nettaru, a resident of Bellare in Dakshina Kannada, was attacked by bike-borne assailants when he was returning home after closing his poultry shop
A police official said a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act will be registered soon. (File image)
Published on Jul 29, 2022 05:04 PM IST

Bengaluru police seek NIA assistance to probe terror suspects

On Monday, sleuths of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) arrested Adil alias Zuba from Tamil Nadu’s Salem. This arrest was based on details provided by the first suspect, Akthar Hussain, who was on a central intelligence agency’s watch and arrested on Sunday evening by the CCB from Bengaluru’s Tilak Nagar area.
Karnataka police have sought assistance of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after evidence suggested that two suspects under their custody were planning to carry out suicide attacks in the country. (Representative Photo)
Published on Jul 29, 2022 12:28 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Karnataka district tense after BJP worker is hacked to death

Praveen Nettaru, who was an active member of the BJP Yuva Morcha and was district committee member, was walking to his home after shutting his shop in Bellare when he was attacked
Dakshina Kannada, July 27 (ANI): (File Photo) BJP Yuva Morcha worker Praveen Nettaru who was allegedly murdered on Tuesday evening, at Bellare in Dakshina Kannada district. (ANI Photo) (Arun Kumar Rao)
Updated on Jul 28, 2022 01:52 AM IST

BJP youth wing leader murdered

Investigators said the death may be connected to the recent murder of another young Muslim man in Bellare.
BJP Yuva Morcha worker Praveen Nettaru was murdered on Tuesday evening at Bellare in Dakshina Kannada district. (ANI)
Published on Jul 28, 2022 12:13 AM IST

Cop among 3 arrested for trapping man in fake drug case

On July 17, the police control room received information that 2.3 kg of marijuana was being transported in a bus going from Mangaluru to Shivamogga.
The police questioned the person seated close to the parcel, but during investigation it was found that the drug was placed as part of a conspiracy to frame one Ajeel, a resident of Kerala and a passenger on the bus. (HT Archives)
Published on Jul 28, 2022 12:08 AM IST

Working with Kerala police on BJP worker’s murder probe: Karnataka home minister

BJP Yuva Morcha worker Praveen Nettaru was hacked to death with lethal weapons by unidentified people on a bike in Bellari, Dakshina Kannada
BJP Yuva Morcha worker Praveen Nettaru was murdered on late Tuesday evening. (File image)
Published on Jul 27, 2022 01:08 PM IST

Bengaluru man stabbed landlady 91 times, robbed jewellery to repay debts: police

The post-mortem of the victim revealed that she was stabbed 91 times by the suspect, who was arrested on Sunday, police said. The accused was her second-floor tenant, Jai Kishan, who worked as a marketing officer at a software company, they added.
The Bengaluru police arrested a 29-year-old private firm employee for murdering his landlady inside her home, police said on Monday. (Agencies/Representative use)
Updated on Jul 26, 2022 03:42 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Bengaluru man stabs landlady 91 times, steals jewellery to repay debts; arrested

A senior police officer said that it was Kishan who informed the family about the murder and helped them with the funeral, in order to evade suspicion
The post-mortem of the 75-year-old woman revealed that she was stabbed 91 times by the suspect, who is now in custody. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Jul 25, 2022 01:28 PM IST

Coastal Karnataka records below normal rainfall

This rainfall is even less than the average rainfall received in the region during this time. According to IMD, in Dakshina Kannada, the average rainfall during this season is 35.2 mm and the rainfall reported on Saturday was 78.8% less than the average rainfall. Similarly, Udupi reported 84% less rainfall and Uttara Kannada 88% less.
After close to a month of heavy rainfall, the coastal Karnataka districts of are reporting less than normal rainfall, according to the records of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 24, 2022 12:06 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Narco test on PSI scam accused cop key: CID petition

The Karnataka criminal investigation department (CID) that has filed a petition before a Bengaluru court last week to conduct a narco-analysis test on suspended additional director general of police (ADGP) Amrit Paul on Friday reiterated that the test holds key to solve anomalies in the police sub-inspector (PSI) recruitment case.
Additional director general of police Amrit Paul was arrested on June 4 on charges of allowing malpractice in the recruitment of police sub-inspector posts. (ANI)
Published on Jul 23, 2022 12:03 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Stalker beheads former partner in Karnataka: Police

Bengaluru A 23-year-old man allegedly beheaded his former girlfriend on the suspicion that she was in a relationship and later carried her severed head to the local police station in Karnataka’s Vijayanagar district, police said on Friday
In April, the accused married someone else but continued to stalk the victim
Published on Jul 22, 2022 11:16 PM IST

Drink spiked by unknown persons, says actor held for drug consumption

Deputy commissioner of police (East) Bheemashankar S Guled said in the notice served on Tuesday, the actor has been asked to appear before the investigators within seven days.
City police have issued a notice to actor Siddhanth Kapoor, asking him to appear before Ulsoor police as part of their investigation into a case against him for allegedly consuming narcotic drugs. (PTI File)
Published on Jul 22, 2022 12:27 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

No recruitment until CID finishes probe: Police chief

The police department stopped all recruitments until the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) completes its probe into the PSI scam.
Except for clerical staff, all other officers in Karnataka’s recruitment division have been transferred following malpractices in the police sub-inspector recruitment scam, senior Karnataka police officials said on Thursday. (HT)
Published on Jul 22, 2022 12:22 AM IST
By, Bengaluru

Cases of hoax emails in past remain unsolved

On April 8 and 9, At least 15 schools in Bengaluru received a bomb threat via email. According to police, the email was sent multiple times to schools on the IDs available on their website. Some schools received as many as 140 emails.
Chitra Ramkrishna has been associated with the NSE in different roles since its formation in early 1990s. (Archive)
Published on Jul 19, 2022 12:33 AM IST
By, Bengaluru
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