Three alleged killers of former Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari have been caught on CCTV while the Uttar Pradesh Police took several individuals into custody for interrogation. Among those taken into custody is a little-known Muslim cleric, Maulana Anwarul Haq, who in 2015, had announced a bounty of Rs 51 lakh after Tiwari made derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad.
Speaking to reporters in Lucknow, UP Police DGP OP Singh said that there was no terror angle behind Tiwari’s murder. He also said that a joint team of the UP and Gujarat Police had taken three persons namely Maulana Mohsin Sheikh, Faizan and Khurshid Ahmed Pathan into custody for questioning. Singh said that two more individuals including one Gaurav Tiwari were also taken into custody but released later.
Gaurav Tiwari had reportedly called the deceased some time ago expressing his desire to join his Hindu Samaj Party and take charge of the Surat region of Gujarat.
According to OP Singh, the search for three individuals seen in the CCTV video were underway. He refused to identify the men and a woman shown in the CCTV video. “We are working in collaboration with the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), till now no link with any terrorist organisation has been established. We will look into all the details and take action,” Singh was quoted by news agency ANI.
— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2019
He said that prima facie appeared to be a radical killing adding that Tiwari’s killers were ‘radicalised’ by the speech that he gave in 2015. Singh said that the real picture will emerge only after they caught the remaining criminals including the three prime accused.
In the CCTV video, three individuals including a woman have been seen walking with a plastic bag while dressed in saffron clothes. It’s widely believed that they carried the murder weapons in the plastic bag seen in the video.
Tiwari was brutally murdered at his home in Lucknow on Friday. UP DGP on Friday was quoted as saying, “He founded the 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.”
Meanwhile, according to News18, Tiwari’s mother has accused a BJP leader behind her son’s murder. “It is Shiv Kumar Gupta, a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party. Nobody asked me anything in Lucknow, all I was asked is what I want. To this I replied that I just want the dead body of my son. I will not spare anyone even if I get killed for it. I requested the police to call Gupta and question him but my request was not heeded to. Shiv Kumar Gupta lives in Thatheri and is a mafia who has over 500 cases against him. He had taken over as the president of a local temple and killed my son over a dispute regarding construction of the structure,” she was quoted as saying.
Earlier, Tiwari’s family members had refused to cremate his body until Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the family. The deceased’s wife had even threatened to immolate herself.