Police in Uttar Pradesh say that unknown assailants killed the former Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari on Friday at his house in Lucknow. According to Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh, the accused were said to be known to Tiwari.
“He founded Hindu Samaj party. Accused are said to be known to him.They brought sweets & spent around half an hour with him. We’ve found vital clues & are investigating the matter,” news agency ANI quoted Singh as saying.
Lucknow: Kamlesh Tiwari, former leader of Hindu Mahasabha, was shot dead today.UP DGP (in pic)says,”He founded Hindu Samaj party. Accused are said to be known to him.They brought sweets & spent around half an hour with him. We’ve found vital clues & are investigating the matter.” pic.twitter.com/UFs9x1OtkH
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 18, 2019
45-year-old Hindutva leader was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries but died during the treatment. He was reportedly killed near his residence in Khurshid Bagh in the congested Naka Hindola area of the state capital.
“Kamlesh Tiwari was found murdered inside his house. Two persons had come to meet him. Both were speaking to Tiwari when the latter sent one of his aides to get ‘paan’ for them,” Additional Superintendent of Police (Lucknow West) Vikas Tripathi was quoted by News18. “When his aide returned from the market, he found Tiwari in a pool of blood,” Tripathi added.
Tiwari had earned notoriety in 2015 when, as a member of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, he faced widespread backlash for his derogatory comments against Muslim Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The then Samajwadi Party government had invoked the stringent National Security Act against Tiwari. However, the Allahabad High Court had revoked the NSA soon after.