INDIA: A 19-year-old man Mohammad Javed, a resident of Sindhi Sarkar Ki Haweli, Kheradiwala, was arrested on Thursday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the gruesome killing of Kanhaiya Lal (48) in Udaipur in Rajasthan last month.
Mohammad Javed became the eighth arrested accused related to gruesome murder that sent shockwaves across the country. A week before Kanhaiya Lal’s murder, the chemist Umesh Kolhe (54) from Amravati in Maharashtra was murdered on June 21, allegedly for his social media posts backing former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet.
“Mohammad Javed had played an “important role” in the conspiracy to kill Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor in Udaipur, by conducting reconnaissance and passing on the information about the victim’s presence at the shop to the main killer, Riyaz, before the attack,” a spokesperson of the NIA said.
Kanhaiya Lal was killed with a cleaver inside his tailoring shop in Udaipur’s Maldas Street, Bhoot Mahal area, on June 28, by two assailants armed with sharp-edged weapons. The gruesome attack by Riaz was recorded on a mobile phone by Ghouse Mohammad, and the video was posted online. In another video, the duo said they hacked Lal to death to avenge an alleged insult to Islam. Both were arrested within hours of the killing.
The NIA took over the case the next day. Earlier, seven accused, including the main culprits, were arrested during separate raids on June 29, July 1, July 4, and July 9.
The eight accused involved in Kanhaiya Lal’s murder are Mohammad Riaz Akhtari (39), Ghouse Mohammad (38), Mohammad Javed, and Farhad Mohammad Shaikh alias Baba (31), Asif Hussain, Mohammad Mohsin, Wasim Ali, and Mohsin Khan alias Bhai. While Mohammad Javed has been sent to NIA custody, other accused have been sent to Jaipur Jail.
In another development, seven accused arrested in connection with Kolhe’s murder were sent to judicial custody till August 05 by Special NIA Court in Amravati on Friday.
The seven accused involved in Kolhe’s murder are Mudassir Ahmed alias Sonu Raza (22), Sharukh Pathan alias Sharukh Kha alias Badshah Hidayat Kha (24), Abdul Thoufik alias Nanu Shaikh Taslim (24), Shoaib Khan alias Bhurya, (22), Atib Rashid (22), Dr Yusuf Khan Bahadur Khan (40) and Irfan Khan.
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