INDIA. Amravati: In connection with the murder case of Amravati pharmacist Umesh Kolhe, one absconding accused got arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from the premises of a Mumbai court.
However, Ali Kaashif Khan, the accused’s lawyer, claimed that his client had come to surrender before the special judge hearing the matter. As of now,11 persons have been arrested in the case so far.
India witnessed the most spine-chilling incident where a 54-year-old chemist was killed in Amravati on June 21, after he shared a post supporting now suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
Before this, some people from the minor community also brutally killed Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor from Rajasthan. This sparked rage among people, and the NIA took over the cases under them.
In the recent past, the probe agency declared a reward of Rs 2 lakh for providing any piece of information about the accused, Sahim Ahmed Firoz Ahmed, who was involved in the murder of Kolhe.
According to the probe agency, the arrest of Ahmed was crucial as he played a key role in the conspiracy leading to the murder. He immediately absconded from his residential area after his aides were arrested. He is a 22- years old youth of Zakir Colony in Amravati city of eastern Maharashtra.
Sahim was hiding for a month-long, and now his lawyer Khan blamed the NIA for arresting him, stating that its action was arbitrary and illegal as his client came to the court premises for self-submission.
The Amaravati police previously headed the case, but due to its criticality, it was later handed over to NIA.
The central agency logged its case on July 2, followed by the instructions of the Ministry of Home Affairs under Indian Penal Code Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) along with provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.