NIA investigates Amravati’s murder; electronic items, “hate-spreading leaflets”, seized knives

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is investigating the Umesh Kolhe murder case carried out searches in 13 locations in Amravati on Wednesday and claimed to have found electronic items, pamphlets spreading hate messages and knives from the residences of arrested defendants and suspects linked to the murder. .

“During the searches carried out today at the premises of the accused and suspects, digital devices (mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, DVRs), pamphlets disseminating hate messages, knives and other documents and materials incriminating offenses have been seized,” a press release said. note issued by the agency.

The case was initially registered on June 22 by the Kotwali Town Police Station in Amravati who enforced the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) in the case. In the wake of the Udaipur murder, in which the victim was targeted for allegedly supporting derogatory comments about the Prophet Mohammed by former BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma, investigations into the Amravati case have been handed over to the NIA by the Union Home Office.

The NIA re-registered the case on July 2 and took over investigations from Amravati Police. The seven accused arrested by the Amravati town police are currently being held by the NIA.

The arrested defendants are Irfan Khan, 35, Dr Yusuf Khan, 44, Muddasir Ahmed alias Sonu Raza Shaikh Ibrahim, 22, Shahrukh Pathan alias Badshah Hidayat Khan, 25, Abdul Taufiq alias Nanu Shaikh Taslim, 24, Atib Rashid Vald Adil Rashid, 22 years old. , and Shoaib Khan aka Bhurya Vald Sabir Khan, 22. Irfan is the alleged mastermind of the case.

Notably, the murder of Kolhe, 54, a chemist from the town of Amravati, took place on June 21, a week before the murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur on June 28. However, Amravati police were unable to establish the motive for the case until a week later after arresting the fifth defendant in the case.