Udaipur Murder: Two men arrested for the brutal murder of a tailor (Kanhaiya Lal) in Udaipur, Rajasthan, allegedly revealed during interrogation that BJP leaders were also on their radar. According to Media, he had also conducted recce of party offices and office bearers to send information to his ‘handlers’ in Pakistan.
Riyaz Akhtari and Ghaus Mohammad killed tailor Kanhaiya Lal with a knife at his shop on June 28 for allegedly supporting suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. Posting a video of it online, he said that he is taking revenge for the insult of Islam.
The case is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in collaboration with the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police.
Akhtari’s ties have been found with Pakistan-based Dawat-e-Islami. It also has branches in India. Some cadres of Dawat-e-Islami were involved in many terrorist incidents.
Beheadings are common from terrorist groups, especially ISIS and al-Qaeda. This gruesome practice started in 2014, when ISIS similarly killed several foreigners and uploaded their videos on social media.
Were in touch with masters in Pakistan
Media quoted sources as saying that during interrogation it emerged that Akhtari was trying to get close to BJP leaders and workers, especially those associated with the Muslim Rashtriya Manch of the RSS and the BJP Minority Morcha. These include Irshad Chainwala and Tahir Raza Khan.
Sources said that both the accused also conducted recce of BJP offices and during interrogation revealed that they were in touch with masters in Pakistan who asked them to maintain ties with local BJP leaders.
A source said, “As a part of the game plan, they started attending BJP events and tried to spread awareness about the leadership. They wanted to tour Pakistan again, but somehow it didn’t work. never happened.”
He reportedly revealed his masters to be from Dawat-e-Islami, but investigators believe Pakistani agencies could have helped with the logistics.
Sources earlier told Media that Mohammad had joined Pakistan-based extremist religious group Dawat-e-Islami through princely states of Udaipur Hussain and Abdul Razak. By the end of 2013, he had visited Karachi, Pakistan, along with 30 more people from India.
He was accompanied by two more people from Udaipur, Wasim Akhtari and Akhtar Raza and returned after 45 days on 1 February 2014. Sources said that Mohammad had visited Saudi Arabia twice in 2013 and 2019 and also Nepal in 2017-18. He was also in constant touch with Salman Bhai and Abbu Ibrahim in Karachi, both of whom are associated with Dawat-e-Islami.