NIA to resume investigation into murder of medical shop owner in Maha’s Amravati | Latest India News

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will take over the investigation into the murder of a medical shop owner in Amravati, Maharashtra, following an alleged social media post supporting the spokesperson suspended from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nupur Sharma, whose comments against the Prophet Mohammad sparked widespread condemnation in India and overseas.

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“The MHA has handed over the investigation of the barbaric murder case of Shri Umesh Kolhe in Amravati Maharashtra on June 21 to the NIA. ‘a thorough investigation,’ the home secretary’s office said. (HMO) tweeted on Saturday.

Umesh Kolhe, who ran a medical shop in Amravati, was riding his scooter home on the night of June 21 when he was accosted by three young men on bicycles and killed with axes. Kolhe’s son and wife were in a different vehicle but they could not save him.

Five people – Mudassir Ahamad, Shahrukh Pathan, Abdul Taufiq Sheikh, Shoeb Khan and Ateeq Rashid – have been arrested in connection with the murder, and a local court has extended their custody until July 5, the agency reported on Saturday. of the ANI press.

A search is also underway to find the sixth person, Irfan Khan, who heads a non-governmental organization (NGO) and is believed to be the main defendant, Amravati Police Commissioner Dr Aarti Singh said on Saturday.

A Kotwali City Police Station official told PTI that Umesh Kolhe allegedly shared a message on some WhatsApp groups in support of Nupur Sharma. He mistakenly shared the message in a WhatsApp group of which some Muslims were also members, including his customers.

Following this, the main defendant, Irfan Khan, allegedly hatched a plot to eliminate Kolhe and enlisted five people.

This murder took place a week before Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor from Udaipur in Rajasthan, was also brutally murdered, by two Muslim men, for supporting Nupur Sharma.

The Supreme Court on Friday heavily criticized Sharma for her comments against the Prophet, saying her ‘cowardly language’ has ‘set the whole country on fire’ and that she is ‘solely responsible for what is happening in the country’ .

Maria R. Newman