Amravati: NIA raids 13 premises of accused and suspects; knives recovered | Latest News India

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday raided 13 locations in Maharashtra’s Amaravati in connection with a larger conspiracy probe into the June 21 killing of Umesh Kolhe for supporting the statements of suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma. On the prophet.

During raids at the premises belonging to the “(arrested) accused and suspects”, the central agency seized knives, digital devices (mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, DVRs), leaflets spreading hate messages and other incriminating documents and materials. According to a statement issued by the NIA spokesperson.

The team led by Mumbai Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Vikram Khalate, who investigated the Antilia bomb scare and last year’s murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, has already taken Muddasar Ahmed, Shahrukh Pathan, Abdul Taufiq, Shoaib Khan into custody. , Irfan Sheikh is alleged to be the mastermind behind the murders of Atib Rashid, Yusuf Khan and Kolhe.

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Investigation has so far revealed that Sheikh had ordered the accused to kill Kolhe 10,000 and gave the bike to four accused to other accused. Yusuf had plotted to kill Kolhe and had forwarded Kolhe’s post to the “Black Freedom” WhatsApp group, a local social media group of fundamentalists.

An official, who did not wish to be named, said the accused appears to have self-radicalised using online material and literature but the NIA is also looking at possible ‘online’ handlers, which are seen in the case of Indians. Formerly in the name of religion.

The federal agency has filed terror charges in the Amravati case after the case was taken over by the Maharashtra police on July 2.

As reported by HT, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, during a meeting with NIA chief Dinkar Gupta earlier this week, asked him to go after radical elements for inciting sectarian violence.

A separate team of the NIA is simultaneously probing the main accused in the brutal murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal by Riyaz Attari and Ghaus Mohammad in Udaipur on June 28.

In the Udaipur case, the role of a Pakistan-based religious outfit is under the scanner but no terrorist outfit has yet claimed responsibility for any of the attacks.

Sharma’s comments on the Prophet Mohammad during a TV debate on May 28 sparked international outrage and domestic protests. On 5 June he was suspended as the ruling party’s spokesperson, while another leader, Naveen Jindal, was expelled for his remarks on Islam.

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