Udaipur Kanhaiya Lal Murder: Pakistan link unearthed, NIA takes BIG action

Udaipur Kanhaiya Lal Murder: The Rajasthan Police has declared that the killers of Hindu tailor Kanhaiya Lal were terrorists. Rajasthan Director General of Police (DGP) ML Lather has said that the Kanhaiya Lal murder in Udaipur is being treated as a terrorist attack after considering all viewpoints and on the instructions of the chief minister.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has also said that Mohammad Ghaus and Riyaz Akhtari wanted to spread terror among the public across the country by killing Kanhaiya Lal. The NIA has started an investigation by registering a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

According to DGP Lather, the preliminary investigation has revealed that one of the two accused involved in the murder, Ghaus Mohammad, had links to Pakistan-based Islamic organization Dawat-e-Islami and had visited Karachi in 2014. However, Pakistan has denied this.

The Rajasthan Police have detained three more people in the incident. It is being said that the NIA will bring both the killers- Mohammad Ghaus and Riyaz Akhtari – to Delhi for questioning.

Connection with Pakistan

However, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said the “accused wanted to spread terror among the public across the country”. A spokesperson of the agency said that NIA teams have reached Udaipur and they have started necessary action for speedy investigation in the matter.

“The accused persons, taking responsibility for the murder, had also posted a video of the criminal act on social media to spread panic among the people across the country,” Lather said.

“Links of Ghaus Mohammad, an accused involved in the murder, have been found with the Karachi-based Islamic organization Dawat-e-Islami. He went to Karachi in 2014,” he added.

The Karachi-based Dawat-e-Islami also has offices in Mumbai and Delhi.

“So far, we have detained five people including the two main accused involved in the murder,” Lather said.

He said that the NIA had also appealed for help and the NIA team has reached Udaipur.

Pakistan denies connection to Udaipur Kanhaiya Lal Murder

Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Wednesday dismissed reports that the killer Ghaus Mohammad had links with an Islamist organization based in Karachi. The Pakistani Foreign Office said in a statement here that it has seen reports in a section of the Indian media related to the Kanhaiya Lal murder in Udaipur, in which the culprits have been linked to a Pakistan-based organisation.

It said, “We categorically reject any such allegation which is an attempt by New Delhi to defame the country (Pakistan).

Riyaz Akhtari used to work as a welder

DGP Lather said that the arrested accused Riyaz does welding work and Ghaus Mohammad does petty work. He said that it was also learned that the weapon used in Kanhaiya’s murder was made by Riyaz four-five years ago. He used to work as a welder at a shop in Parkote, Udaipur.

Police sources said that Riyaz also worked in a local mosque and was involved in religious propaganda. He said that Riyaz had gone to live in a rented house with his wife and two children on June 12.

Landlord Mohammad Umar said, ‘I have never met him. Riyaz’s wife had approached my wife for a rental accommodation. I had asked for the identity card but they did not give it to me. The family had vacated the house on June 28 before the incident.”

Kanhaiya Lal Wife Reaction

Weeping Kanhaiyalal’s wife said, “Hang the killers, otherwise these people will kill someone else tomorrow.”

Angry crowd protests during Kanhaiya Lal funeral

A policeman was attacked with a sword during a protest march in Bhim town of Rajsamand district in Rajasthan. The police fired tear gas shells to stop a mob moving towards a mosque while pelting stones.

Hundreds of people participated in the last journey of Hindu tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. During this some people pelted stones at a graveyard on the way and tried to break its gate, but the police immediately brought the situation under control.

Markets remained closed in protest against the incident at many places in Rajasthan including Sojat (Pali), Bhinmal and Sanchore (Jalore) and Reodar (Sikar).

Rajasthan Police had arrested Kanhaiya Lal

According to DGP Lather, a case was filed against Kanhaiya Lal on June 10 by Nazim for an alleged objectionable post at the Paddy Mandi police station. Kanhaiya Lal was arrested on June 11 and released on bail the next day. He said that on June 15, Kanhaiya Lal had complained at the police station that four or five people were following him and his life was in danger.

The government has taken action against the guilty officers, while it has decided to give out-of-term promotion to five policemen – Tejpal, Narendra, Shaukat, Vikas and Gautam – who made carried out quick arrests of the killers.

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