Ghaus Mohammad, who along with Riyaz Attari had beheaded Kanhaiya, was summoned to Pakistan in 2014 by senior activists of Dawat-e-Islami. Attari, also a Daawat follower, had tried to infiltrate the minority wing of the Rajasthan BJP.
Investigations into the brutal killing of Udaipur-based tailor Kanhaiya Lal have pointed to international links to his killer, particularly the Karachi-based Dawat-e-Islami.
According to the investigation, various accused made frequent trips abroad. Ghaus Mohammad, who along with Riyaz Attari had beheaded Kanhaiya, was summoned to Pakistan in 2014 by senior activists of Dawat-e-Islami.
The mission of the Karachi-based Dawat-e-Islami is to spread the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah with the aim of advocating Sharia globally. It has a huge following in Pakistan and is committed to supporting the blasphemy law in the Islamic Republic.
According to investigating officials, Mohammad stayed in Karachi for 40 days. He visited Saudi Arabia for Umrah in 2013 and 2019.
Other accused have also traveled abroad including Saudi Arabia.
While Ghaus Mohammad was trained by DII officials in Karachi, the second assassin Riaz Attari was trying to infiltrate the minority cell of Bharatiya Janata Party unit in Rajasthan. Investigation revealed that Attari, a follower of Dawat-e-Islami leader Ilyas Attar Qadri, was trying to get close to BJP leaders and Muslim Rashtriya Manch activists. BJP tried to come close to the minority members of the Morcha
With the intention of targeting Irshad Chainwala and BJP activist Tahir Raza Khan.
For this purpose, Attari allegedly carried out reconnaissance of BJP establishments and party office-bearers. The BJP has denied any association with Attari on the Congress’s allegation that he has links with the saffron party.
During the interrogation, accused Riaz Atri did not say anything about trying to join the BJP or targeting the saffron party leaders. The process of transferring the two accused to NIA custody is underway. According to internal security experts in Delhi and Rajasthan, neither Atri nor Ghaus Mohammad has revealed a larger conspiracy on their part to target BJP leaders.
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