A court in Ahmedabad on Sunday granted 72-hour transit remand for the three accused in the murder case of Kamlesh Tiwari, the president of a little-known Hindu outfit. The three accused were arrested from Gujarat's Surat in connection with the murder of Tiwari.
The police said on Saturday that the suspects were "radicalised" and appeared to have targeted him for his inflammatory remarks made in 2015. The three persons detained in Surat by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) were identified as Faizan Yunus Bhai, Maulana Mohsin Sheikh and Rashid Ahmed Khursheed Ahmed Pathan.
The DGP said the Uttar Pradesh police and their Gujarat counterparts were interrogating them. The DGP said: "On the basis of a packet of sweets obtained from the crime spot, the Gujarat Police was contacted and a team was sent there. A CCTV footage of a Surat-based sweets shop was examined and Faizan Yunus Bhai was identified."
He said later Sheikh and Pathan were detained.
"So far, there is no terror angle associated with this incident," Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police DGP OP Singh said on Saturday, a day after the Hindu Samaj Party chief was killed at his home in Lucknow's Khurshed Bagh
Among the arrested were Bijnor residents Mohammed Mufti Naeem Kazmi and Imam Maulana Anwarul Haq, who were booked on the murder charge on Friday after Tiwari's wife named them in her police complaint alleging that the duo had announced a bounty of Rs 1.5 crore on his head in 2016.
However, Tiwari's mother Kusuma alleged that he was killed by a "local BJP leader" due to a temple dispute in a village.
Tiwari's cremation was also delayed as family members were adamant on meeting Chief Minister Adityanath to put forth their nine demands, including a probe by NIA, government job for victim's son and security to family members
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