The Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials on Friday, August 11, 2023 arrested Puneeth Kumar alias Puneeth Kerehalli, the leader of a Hindutva organisation, under the Goonda Act for his alleged involvement in over 10 criminal cases in the last 10 years.

The police alleged Puneeth Kerehalli, 32, who heads Rashtra Rakshana Pade, involved in vigilantism, had the sole purpose for extortion and was under the police scanner for many years. Several cases of extortion , assault , under the arms act and of criminal intimidation and murder in the name of cow vigilantism had been booked under him.

Puneeth Kerehalli hails from Hassan and lived in JP Nagar, Bengaluru.

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