Baliga Murder – Police Raid House of Naresh Shenoy of Yuva Brigade
Mangaluru: A team of city police led by ACP Tilakchandra raided the house of Yuva Brigade convener Naresh Shenoy at Dhanvantari Nagar on Thursday.
Since Shenoy’s link with the murder of RTI activist Vinayak Baliga’s murder was suspected, the raid was conducted by the police.
However, he was not at home. His mother, wife, and child were the only ones present. The police were told that he had gone to Hardwar, a pilgrimage centre in the northern part of India.
Some community members who were close to the deceased Baliga said that it could be like locking the stable after the horse had bolted.
Police from Barke and Bunder had already visited Shenoy’s house on Mar 28 and he was not found. As soon as details of his possible involvement came to the fore, he is said to have gone missing.
Many suspect that the news of the police having an eye on Shenoy may have been leaked out by insiders to enable him to evade arrest. The police say that from Hardwar, he may have travelled to Andaman and Nicobar islands.
A human rights activist said that if he was innocent there was no need for him to abscond. Shenoy’s friends, however, insist that he was not ‘absconding’.
Shenoy was involved in Shri Venkataramana temple’s administration and accounts. Baliga had tracked down the financial irregularities in the temple. Two and two put together, there was a clear suspicion, the activist said.
The activist added that Yuva Brigade had been floated as NaMo Brigade about three years ago, with a view to promoting Narendra Modi as the leader of the future.
It had used hype and creative slogans like getting India ‘Modi-fied’ which worked well with the middle class. After Modi became PM, the name was changed to Yuva Brigade.
The activist further expressed the fear that organizations and fringe outfits were being used as a cover for foul or illegal dealings. He cited the examples of some ‘leaders’ of these outfits. They make use of Modi’s name which instills a sense of awe in public minds.
He also revealed that according to his sources in the investigation team, a builder is also involved in the plot. Besides, the car used in the Baliga killing belonged to a prominent Chartered accountant in the city, who is also involved in the temple accounts.
Curiously enough, they all belong to the same community, he further said.
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