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Bengaluru violence: Meerut man who announced bounty on Karnataka MLA's nephew arrested

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New Delhi, Aug 14: A Muslim leader from Meerut, who announced Rs 51 lakh bounty on Karnataka MLA R Akhanda Srinivasmurthy's nephew over alleged derogatory Facebook post, was arrested on Friday evening for allegedly disturbing communal harmony.

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The man identified as Shahzeb Rizvi, purportedly announced a bounty of ₹51 lakh on the head of the nephew of Karnataka MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy for a post on social media that allegedly hurt Muslims' religious sentiments.

Avinash Pandey, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Meerut, said Shahazeb Rizvi, a resident of Rasoolpur village in Phalwada town of Meerut, has been arrested and booked under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between religious groups) and 505 (2) (intent to incite one community against the other) of the IPC.

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