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CBI arrests six in Yogesh Gowda murder case

New Delhi: The CBI has arrested six suspects in connection with the killing of BJP taluka panchayat member Yogesh Gowda in Karnataka's Dharwad in 2016, officials said on Monday.

The agency has arrested Dinesh, Sunil, Nutan, Ashwath, Shahnawaz and Nazeer Ahmed in an operation which is still on, they said. The case was taken over by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in September last.

The accused were produced before a special court in Bengaluru which sent them to five days of CBI custody, they said.

The agency sources said the operation is going on and more suspects may be held based on the information gathered from the questioning of these accused. "After taking over the investigation, the CBI had arrested an accused on November 20, 2019. During the course of the investigation, the agency arrested six more persons on February 29, 2020 and produced them before the designated court which remanded them to judicial custody," CBI spokesperson said in a statement.

He said the court on Monday remanded the six accused to five days of CBI custody.

Gowda, the BJP taluka panchayat member, was killed in his gym on June 15, 2016 by unidentified men.

The agency took over the probe on the recommendation of the Karnataka government on September 24, 2019, they said.

Gowda ran a gym at Sapthapura in Dharwad and was a friend of Basavaraj Shivappa Muttagi, the prime accused, for the last 10 years with different political inclinations.

Gowda came to know about a land purchase deal by Muttagi. Gowda had threatened Muttagi that he should not purchase the land as it was under the former's custody and if he still proceeded, he would kill him.

The Karnataka police had already completed the probe and filed a charge sheet against six accused on September 9, 2016.

It is alleged that Muttagi hatched a criminal conspiracy to kill Gowda.

When Gowda came to his gym on June 15, 2016, accomplices of Muttagi sprinkled chilli powder on his face and hacked him to death.

The killers escaped on three two-wheelers. The case is under trial in the District and Sessions Court, Dharwad.

After the change in the Karnataka government, the matter was handed over to the CBI.

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