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Udaipur Murder News Highlights: NIA gets 10-day custody of Udaipur murder accused

Udaipur Murder News Highlights, July 2: BJP minority wing denies Cong allegation, says accused not linked to party; two more arrested for killing Udaipur tailor.

By: Express Web Desk
Jaipur | Updated: July 2, 2022 10:58:06 pm
Vehicles lie in an alley after an incident of arson following the murder of a tailor by two men allegedly over his social media posts, in Udaipur. (PTI)

Udaipur Murder News Highlights: The four accused in the murder of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal Teli were produced in a Jaipur court on Saturday which sent them to ten day National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody. Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad were arrested on Tuesday, hours after they allegedly hacked the tailor to death with a cleaver at his shop for extending supporting to now suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma, and posted videos online saying they are avenging an insult to Islam. The two others, Mohsin and Asif, were nabbed on Thursday night for being involved in the conspiracy. They were produced before the court here amid tight security arrangements. “The court ordered police remand till July 12,” according to a lawyer.

The Rajasthan Police on Friday arrested two more accused for the murder of Udaipur-based tailor Kanhaiya Lal on June 28, with officials saying they were involved in the conspiracy to plan and execute the crime. The two main accused in the case, Mohammad Riyaz and Ghouse Mohammad, who filmed a video after the murder of Lal, were sent to the high security jail in Ajmer late on Thursday night. “We have arrested two more accused, Asif Hussain and Mohsin Khan. They have been found to be involved in the abetment of the crime. Both are residents of Udaipur,” Anti-Terrorism Squad ADG Ashok Rathore told The Indian Express on Friday.

The BJP Minority Morcha in Rajasthan on Saturday refuted the allegation levelled by the Congress that the main accused in the Kanhaiya Lal murder case in Udaipur was a BJP member. After a photo showing Riaz Akhtari with some local BJP leaders of Udaipur emerged, Mohammad Sadiq Khan, state president of the BJP Minority Morcha, said the photo cannot be a held as a proof to show he is a party member. “Anyone can have a photo with any leader. It does not mean that he is a member of the BJP,” Sadiq told reporters.

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22:16 (IST)02 Jul 2022
JNU Teachers' Forum condemns Udaipur killing

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Forum (JNUTF) Saturday condemned the murder of a tailor in Rajasthan's Udaipur, saying the horrific killing is indicative of a larger social malaise.

Two men hacked to death tailor Kanhaiya Lal with a cleaver at his shop in the Dhan Mandi area in Udaipur on Tuesday, and said in a video minutes later that they were avenging an insult to Islam.

In a statement, the JNUTF said, "The murder of Kanhaiyalal is no ordinary killing; it has injured the collective consciousness of the nation. We have to do something to cure this mentality as we go on to tackle the menace of Islamic fanaticism. There is no place for such acts in any civilized world and we have to nip any such mindset in the bud." "The JNUTF condemns this cowardly act of killing an innocent man. JNUTF also condemns the forces responsible for supporting any such elements directly or indirectly. "JNUTF appeals to policymakers to adopt a comprehensive mechanism to deal with the menace of Islamic radicalisation and growing violent extremism," it added. (PTI)

21:44 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Guj panchayat's 'don't buy from Muslims' diktat to shopkeepers in protest against Udaipur murder baseless, say officials

The Banaskantha district administration in Gujarat on Saturday asserted that an order issued on the letter pad of Vaghasan group village panchayat prohibiting shopkeepers from buying goods from "Muslim hawkers" as a protest against the murder of a tailor in Udaipur in neighbouring Rajasthan was without any authority.

Banaskantha District Development Officer Swapnil Khare said the person who has signed the order on the letter pad of the Vaghasan group gram panchayat does not have the authority to do so as the panchayat is currently under an administrator and an election for the post of sarpanch is due.

"The administrator has issued a clarification stating the letter issued is baseless and nobody needs to follow this. Legal action will be taken against those spreading rumours," Khare said. Vaghasan village is located close to the Gujarat-Rajasthan border in Tharad taluka of the district. (PTI)

21:10 (IST)02 Jul 2022
VHP, Bajrang Dal members fail to appear before police in provocative slogans case; Hindu outfits plan more protests against Udaipur killing

Four people, including functionaries of the VHP and Bajrang Dal, failed to appear before the police here on Saturday in connection with the alleged raising of provocative slogans during a protest against the brutal killing of a tailor in Udaipur, officials said.

Hindu outfits like the VHP and Bajrang Dal have been holding protests in various parts of the country against the murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal on Tuesday by two men who said they were avenging an insult to Islam.

Ajit Singh, district president of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Yashwant Shekhawat, district minister of the outfit, Abhishek Gaur, district convenor of Bajrang Dal and BJP's former executive district president Kulbhushan Bhardwaj were issued notice under Section 41 of CrPC to appear at the city police station at 11 am on Saturday to join the investigation, but none of them appeared, they said. Police are now preparing to issue a second notice for Monday. (PTI)

20:50 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Udaipur tailor murder: Curfew relaxed for 4 hours, 10-hour relief to be given on Sunday

The district administration here on Saturday relaxed for four hours the curfew imposed in seven police station areas in the wake of the killing of a tailor, officials said.

Mobile internet services, however, remained suspended. With the situation gradually returning to normal, the curfew will be relaxed for 10 hours on Sunday, the officials said.

Two men hacked to death a tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, with a cleaver at his shop in the Dhan Mandi area here on Tuesday to avenge an "insult to Islam". Following the incident, curfew was imposed in areas falling under the limits of seven police stations -- Dhan Mandi, Ghanta Ghar, Hathi Pole, Amba Mata, Suraj Pole, Bhupalpura and Savina. (PTI)

20:22 (IST)02 Jul 2022
BJP has direct links to Udaipur murder: Abhishek Banerjee

Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee Saturday alleged that BJP has direct links to the gruesome murder in Udaipur and said the saffron party is "spewing" hatred to divide the nation.

Banerjee in a tweet attached two photos of one of the accused in the brutal killing of the tailor, Kanhaiya Lal in the Rajasthan city. The accused is seen allegedly in the company of local BJP leaders at functions held in the past.

Hitting out at the saffron party, the TMC leader tweeted "No, they (BJP) don't want unity. No, they don't want harmony. No, they don't want democracy. They want to divide the nation," the TMC leader tweeted. (PTI)

19:21 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Kanhaiya Lal murder accused attacked at Jaipur court

Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee Saturday alleged that BJP has direct links to the gruesome murder in Udaipur and said the saffron party is "spewing" hatred to divide the nation.

Banerjee in a tweet attached two photos of one of the accused in the brutal killing of the tailor, Kanhaiya Lal in the Rajasthan city. The accused is seen allegedly in the company of local BJP leaders at functions held in the past.

Hitting out at the saffron party, the TMC leader tweeted "No, they (BJP) don't want unity. No, they don't want harmony. No, they don't want democracy. They want to divide the nation," the TMC leader tweeted. (PTI)

17:32 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Udaipur murder: NIA court sends four accused to 10-day police custody

An NIA court remanded in 10-day police custody the four people arrested in the murder case of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal.

Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad were arrested on Tuesday, hours after they allegedly hacked the tailor to death with a cleaver at his shop for extending supporting to now suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma, and posted videos online saying they are avenging an insult to Islam.

The two others, Mohsin and Asif, were nabbed on Thursday night for being involved in the conspiracy. They were produced before the court here amid tight security arrangements. "The court ordered police remand till July 12," according to a lawyer. (PTI)

15:02 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Chhattisgarh: Shops, several schools stay shut as right-wing bodies observe bandh to protest Udaipur killing

Several shops and commercial establishments were shut in major cities of Chhattisgarh on Saturday amid the statewide bandh called by right-wing organisations to protest the brutal killing of a tailor in Udaipur.

While essential services were not involved in the bandh, schools and colleges were shut in some cities, including capital Raipur, and public transport was off roads at various places. According to the police, the bandh was observed peacefully and no untoward incident was reported so far from any part of the state.

The Chhattisgarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), the largest trade body in the state, also supported the bandh called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal, and appealed to businessmen to keep their establishments, barring those engaged in selling essentials, shut till 2 pm. (PTI)

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14:44 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Watch | A social media post, threats and a tailor's murder in Udaipur: A timeline of events

14:42 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Udaipur murder: BJP minority wing denies Cong allegation, says accused not linked to party

The BJP Minority Morcha in Rajasthan on Saturday refuted the allegation levelled by the Congress that the main accused in the Kanhaiya Lal murder case in Udaipur was a BJP member.

After a photo showing Riaz Akhtari with some local BJP leaders of Udaipur emerged, Mohammad Sadiq Khan, state president of the BJP Minority Morcha, said the photo cannot be a held as a proof to show he is a party member. "Anyone can have a photo with any leader. It does not mean that he is a member of the BJP," Sadiq told reporters.

"He might have gone to some programme of the party to carry out a recce and got photos clicked with local leaders. Since it is a normal trend to upload photos with leaders or celebrities on Facebook and other social media platforms, he might have also uploaded the photo but it does not mean that he is a BJP member," Sadiq said. He said the murder highlights the state government's failure as it did not provide security to Kanhaiya Lal despite a clear threat. (PTI)

14:41 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Udaipur killing: Cong alleges one of main accused 'BJP member'

The Congress on Saturday alleged that one of the main accused in the brutal killing of a tailor in Udaipur is a "BJP member" and asked whether the Centre had moved quickly to transfer the case to the NIA due to this reason.

Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters here, party's media department head Pawan Khera said a very sensational disclosure has been made by a media group in connection with the Udaipur incident which pointed to the BJP links with Riyaz Attari. Some reports have also referred to the accused as Riaz Akhtari.

"The killer of Kanhaiya Lal, Riyaz Attari is a member of the BJP," Khera said in a tweet after the press conference. Earlier in the day, responding to a tweet by a Congress leader referring to one of the accused's alleged BJP links, BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya dismissed the claim as "fake news". (PTI)

14:37 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Udaipur killing: NIA-ATS teams present accused before court

Teams from the National Investigation Agency and the Anti-Terrorism Squad on Saturday presented the four men arrested in the Udaipur tailor's murder case before a court here.

Prior to this, a police team from Jaipur took the accused -- Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad and their accomplices Asif and Mohseen -- to the office of the ATS' Special Operations Group. According to sources, the NIA has collected all documentary evidences from the ATS.

Akhtari and Mohammad allegedly hacked tailor Kanhaiya Lal to death with a cleaver at his shop on June 28 for extending supporting to now suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, and posted videos online saying they are avenging an insult to Islam. Additional police force has been deployed at the court as well as in city areas for security reasons. (PTI)

10:56 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Udaipur murder: Curfew relaxed for 4 hours

The district administration here has relaxed the curfew, imposed in seven police station limits in the aftermath of a tailor's murder by radical elements recently, for four hours from 12 pm, an official said.

Kanhaiya Lal was hacked to death on Tuesday allegedly by two men for extending support on social media to a controversial remark against Prophet Mohammad by now suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

The two alleged killers were arrested hours later in Rajsamand.

"Curfew has been relaxed from 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday," a district administration officer said.

It was imposed in Dhan Mandi, Ghanta Ghar, Hathi Pole, Amba Mata, Suraj Pole, Bhupalpura and Savina police station areas on Tuesday night.

The decision was taken after reviewing the situation. With peaceful conduct of the Jagannath Rath Yatra on Friday, in which thousands of people took part, the administration has decided to give a relaxation today, official sources said. (PTI)

08:26 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Assam man held under UAPA for 'supporting' Udaipur tailor's killing

One person was arrested in Assam's Hailakandi district under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly supporting the brutal killing of a tailor in Rajasthan's Udaipur last month, police said on Friday.

Samsul Laskar of Katlicherra area of the district was arrested after he allegedly supported the killing of the tailor in his comment made on a social media post and Hailakandi's Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha president Milan Das filed a police complaint against him.

Das, in his complaint, accused Laskar of making the comment on a post by a person named Abu Choudhury who demanded capital punishment for the culprits involved in the murder of Kanhaiya Lal, police said.

The police arrested Laskar on Thursday and registered a case against him under various sections of the IPC and the UAPA. (PTI)

08:25 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Udaipur ASP Ashok Meena suspended

The Rajasthan government on Friday night suspended Udaipur Additional Superintendent of Police Ashok Meena.

The suspension order issued by Joint Secretary (Police) of the home department Jagveer Singh does not mention any reason of the action.

However, it is believed that he was suspended for negligence in the matter of tailor Kanhaiya Lal, who was earlier threatened and then brutally murdered by two cleaver-wielding men over a controversial post on Tuesday.

Udaipur Range IG and Udaipur district superintendent of police were transferred on Thursday night. (PTI)

08:24 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Ayodhya priest burns Owaisi poster, says 'anti-national' leaders will be next

Paramhans Das, the priest of Ayodhya's Tapasvi Chhawani temple, on Friday burnt a poster of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi over his alleged provocative remarks and warned "anti-national" leaders that tomorrow it will be them instead of the poster.

He also targeted Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for not visiting the party-ruled Rajasthan where a tailor was hacked to death by two men to avenge an "insult to Islam".

Accusing All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Owaisi of making inflammatory statements, Das said such statements are increasing terrorist activities.

"All anti-national leaders should come to their senses. Today the poster was burnt, tomorrow (they) will be burnt alive," he said.

Speaking to reporters, Das hit out at Gandhi and Vadra, saying that they visit the states where the Congress is not in power and launch protests over minor issues but none of them has visited Rajasthan. (PTI)

08:23 (IST)02 Jul 2022
Udaipur killing on video | ‘Do something spectacular’: Man from Pak told accused

THE NATIONAL Investigation Agency (NIA) has found that the killing of Kanhaiyalal Teli in Udaipur was “meticulously planned” and “instigated” by a person in Pakistan identified as “Salman bhai” who told one of the accused, Mohammad Ghouse, that he “must do something spectacular” in response to the remarks on the Prophet since “peaceful protests will not yield any result”, The Indian Express has learnt.

Both Ghouse and Muhammad Riyaz Atari, who was seen in a video attacking Kanhaiyalal with a cleaver, had participated in the protests early last month against remarks on the Prophet made by BJP’s Nupur Sharma who was subsequently suspended by the party.

According to sources, Ghouse had gone to Pakistan in December 2014 to attend a 45-day programme on the invitation of Dawat-e-Islami, a “Pakistan-based radical Islamic organisation”. They said that after returning in January 2015, he joined a few WhatsApp groups and was in touch with “Salman bhai” and another person, identified as Abu Ibrahim, in Pakistan. (Read More)

23:05 (IST)01 Jul 2022
Bajrang Dal, VHP members booked for ‘promoting enmity’ during Gurgaon protest

Two days after members of Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) staged a protest in Gurgaon demanding stringent punishment for the accused in the murder of a tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, in Udaipur, Gurgaon police have booked the organisers of the rally for allegedly raising abusive slogans and promoting enmity between communities.

On Wednesday, at least 80 people had assembled at Nehru Park around 5 pm and marched towards Sadar Bazar before dispersing at Harish Bakery chowk. Protesters had burnt an effigy of ‘Islamic Jihad terrorism’. In purported videos of the rally, protesters could be heard raising provocative slogans against the Muslim community near Jama Masjid, as well as shouting ‘desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalon ko’. Read more 

19:18 (IST)01 Jul 2022
Annual Jagannath Rath Yatra begins amid heavy security arrangements in Udaipur

The annual Jagannath Rath Yatra began in Udaipur on Friday amid heavy security arrangements, three days after a tailor was brutally murdered in the city triggering communal tensions.

Special permission was given by the district administration to take out the procession as a curfew was clamped in seven police station areas on Tuesday night following the murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal.

Thousands of people attended the procession, which is expected to take several hours to cover its 7-km-long route.
Around 3,000 policemen have been deployed in the city to maintain law and order. ADG Dinesh M N, who is camping in Udaipur, said the deployment of policemen for the yatra this year is three times higher than the previous occasions. (PTI)

18:34 (IST)01 Jul 2022
Udaipur court sends 2 murder accused to transit remand

The Udaipur court has granted transit remand to the two accused arrested today. They will be presented at the NIA court in Jaipur by Saturday evening. 

Police stand guard as people gather on road as tensions rise after the killing of a man, in Udaipur, Rajasthan. (ANI/REUTERS)

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in a notice made public on Friday, directed social media platforms to remove content which encourages, glorifies or justifies brutal murder in Udaipur. "Through this notice, you are directed to forthwith ensure that as part of your obligation of due diligence, safety and trust, you proactively and immediately remove any and all content, either in the form of a text message, audio, video, photo or any other form, that seem to encourage/glorify/justify this murder and killing with a view to prevent any incitement and disruption of public order and to restore public peace and harmony," the notice dated June 29 said. This order comes amid reports of social media handles and accounts glorifying and justifying the murder after the video of the killing was posted online.

The Supreme Court, on Friday, said former BJP leader Nupur Sharma's outburst was responsible for the unfortunate incident in Udaipur, where Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor who was killed by two men over a post in which he supported Sharma amid the Prophet remark row. Coming down heavily on Sharma, the top court said she “is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country” and that “she must apologise to the country”.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot met the family members of Lal. Gehlot appealed to people to maintain peace even as the state saw unrest over the killing of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. "I want to assure you that no criminal will be spared irrespective of any religion or community," he said in a tweet.

Here are the key developments from Udaipur:

* The assailants have been apprehended from Rajsamand district.

* As the city remains tense following the murder of a tailor, Internet services have been suspended in Rajasthan for 24 hours and Section 144 has been imposed statewide for a month.

* Curfew has been imposed in seven police station areas of Udaipur from 8 pm till further orders. Udaipur Collector Tarachand Meena issued the order to impose curfew in seven police station areas of Dhan Mandi, Ghanta Ghar, Hathi Pole, Amba Mata, Suraj Pole, Bhupalpura and Savina police stations.

* Around 600 police personnel have been sent to Udaipur to maintain law and order, and internet services have been snapped in the area.

*The Centre is treating the killing of a tailor in Udaipur as a terror attack and dispatched a team of the anti-terror probe agency NIA on Tuesday night, officials were quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Prima-facie it looks like a terror attack, an official said on condition of anonymity. The case is likely to be handed over to the NIA for probe after registration of a case under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

* Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has condemned the “heinous murder”, terming it as a proof of the gruesome form of bigotry. He also assured strict punishment for those involved in the crime. Gehlot further said there is communal tension in the country and the prime minister should address the people.

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First published on: 28-06-2022 at 08:08:53 pm