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A Bike And Rs 10,000: What Killers Acquired For Amravati Chemist’s Homicide, Say Cops

Irfan Sheikh, the alleged mastermind of chemist Umesh Kolhe’s homicide in Maharashtra’s Amravati.


A motorbike and Rs 10,000 — that is what the killers acquired to hold out the homicide of chemist Umesh Kolhe in Maharashtra’s Amravati over a social media publish, police mentioned right this moment.

The police additionally mentioned they knew that the June 21 homicide was linked with the sufferer’s social media publish supporting the since-suspended BJP chief Nupur Sharma, whose feedback on Prophet Mohammed and Islam had angered individuals in India and overseas. “However we didn’t reveal that hyperlink as a result of very delicate nature of the case,” police commissioner Arti Singh mentioned at a press convention. 

Union Residence Minister Amit Shah ordered the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) to take over the case round 10 days after the homicide because the native BJP unit accused the police of attempting to hide the true causes for political causes. Native BJP MP Navneet Kaur Rana pointedly questioned the then state authorities led by Uddhav Thackeray. Now, after a political upheaval of two weeks, her get together is in energy within the state. The brand new Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, has mentioned the killing is a “nationwide difficulty”.

The commissioner rebutted the allegations that the police have been sluggish till the NIA takeover was introduced. “The MP (Navneet Kaur Rana) is making false allegations,” she mentioned, “as a result of I had registered a case of try and homicide towards her husband Ravi Rana some days in the past.”

Umesh Kolhe, 54, was killed with knives by two males on a motorbike when he was on his approach again residence. This was per week earlier than a comparable killing in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Thus far, seven accused, together with the alleged mastermind Irfan Shaikh Rahim, have been arrested whereas search is on for another. It was Irfan Shaikh who gave the 5 killers cash and the bike, the police mentioned. The case might be formally handed over to the NIA “in a day or two”. 

Three different individuals acquired threats over comparable social media posts, the commissioner additional mentioned. “However just one particular person filed a criticism; the opposite two aren’t prepared to return ahead.”


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