Suspected Udaipur-like incident: NIA probes killing of pharmacist in Amravati | Latest News India

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing a case suspected of similar incidents in Maharashtra’s Amaravati to Udaipur, where veterinary pharmacist Umesh Kolhe was found strangled to death last week, people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The Union Home Ministry (MHA) said on Saturday that it has handed over the Amravati case to the NIA. According to available information, a four-member NIA team visited the spot of the murder last night and interacted with the local police to get details.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that 54-year-old Kolhe published a Facebook post on behalf of suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and that he paid with his life. In Rajasthan’s Udaipur, tailor Kanhaiya Lal was beheaded by Mohammad Riaz Akhtari and Ghaus Mohammad on June 28 for supporting Nupur Sharma after her statement on Prophet Mohammad.

Kolhe was murdered on June 21 while returning home from his shop. The assailants intercepted the victim on a scooter near New Main High School and fled without taking any valuables or his mobile phone. Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder.

“The MHA has handed over the investigation into the barbaric killing of Shri Umesh Kolhe in Amravati, Maharashtra on June 21 to the NIA. The conspiracy behind the killing, involvement of organizations and international links will be thoroughly investigated,” the home ministry said. In a tweet.

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The members of the investigation team have not spoken to the media so far.

Amaravati Deputy Commissioner of Police Vikram Sali, who was overseeing the investigation, said the NIA probe was completely parallel to the state police investigation and therefore could not comment on the matter.

The NIA team is trying to find out whether this is related to the murder of Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor from Udaipur, said Shivraya Kulkarni, state BJP spokesperson and senior leader of the party in Amravati.

Amravati police have so far arrested five persons, Mudassir Ahmed Sheikh Ibrahim (22), Shahrukh Pathan Khan (23), Abdul Taufeeq Taslim (24), Shob Khan (29) and Atif Rashid (23) in connection with the Kolhe murder. All but Abdul have no criminal past. Earlier, a case was registered against Abdul for fighting in a mosque. However, the Amravati Police has not issued any official statement regarding Kolhe’s death. The accused have been taken into police custody till July 5. The NIA team is likely to meet all the accused for questioning.

According to newly elected Rajya Sabha member and former Maharashtra minister Dr Anil Bonde, Kolhe’s trouble started after he forwarded messages on Facebook in support of Nupur Sharma, who had made controversial remarks against the Prophet that led to the murder. “He received threats from two-three people asking for forgiveness. Because Kolhe did not do so, he was murdered,” alleged Dr Bonde.

An Amaravati Hindu Jagran Manch official, who preferred anonymity, said two other people from Amravati, Dr S Rathi and Vijay Achchadi, owner of a mobile shop, received threat calls for using Nupur Sharma’s picture in their WhatsApp status. “But he was saved because he apologized,” he said.

Among those arrested, Mudassir and Shahrukh were caught on CCTV footage on June 23, Abdul and Shob were arrested the next day and Rashid was arrested on June 25. The accused and the victim have been subjected to forensic examination.

Umesh Kolhe’s son Ankit claims that he has no enmity or dispute with anyone and has come forward on his social media to support Nupur Sharma and condemn ‘Love Jihad’.

Umesh’s brother Mahesh said the victim was polite and compassionate and would not think twice before helping anyone. Umesh had two bags with him which were left untouched by the assailants and it was suspected that they were meant for robbery. Mahesh said he had no personal enmity or dispute to invite such an attack, now concerned for his family’s safety.

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