NIA to take over murder probe of Amravati chemist who allegedly shared posts in support of Nupur Sharma | India News

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over the probe into the June 21 killing of Amravati shop owner Umesh Kolhe over his alleged social media posts in support of suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma.
“MHA has handed over the investigation of the case relating to the barbaric killing of Umesh Kolhe in Amravati Maharashtra on 21st June to NIA. The conspiracy behind the killing, involvement of organisations and international linkages would be thoroughly investigated,” tweeted the home ministry.
MHA has handed over the investigation of the case relating to the barbaric killing of Shri Umesh Kolhe in Amravati…— गृहमंत्री कार्यालय, HMO India (@HMOIndia) 1656753008000
The assailants slit Kolhe’s throat while he was going home from his shop on June 21.
Five arrested
Police have so far arrested five persons, Mudassir Ahmed Shaikh Ibrahim (22), Shahrukh Pathan Khan (23), Abdul Taufeeq Tasleem (24) , Shoeb Khan (29), and Ateef Rashid (23). All, except Abdul, have no offences or crime records. Abdul was earlier booked for a skirmish at a mosque.
Their police custody was extended till July 5 by a local court on Saturday.
BJP state spokesperson Shivaray Kulkarni met Amravati CP Aarti Singh last week, seeking clarification on the motive behind Kolhe’s murder.
Singh said police are exploring all angles behind the murder. “Motive is still not clear. Our investigation is on,” she said.

Mudassir and Shahrukh, who were seen in CCTV footage while conducting recce, were arrested on June 23. Abdul and Shoeb the next day and Rashid on June 25.
BJP leaders believe Kolhe had forwarded messages in support of Nupur Sharma in social media groups, which led to the murder.
Udaipur killing
The gruesome murder of a tailor by two in Udaipur on June 28 has also been connected to the victim sharing social media posts in support of Sharma, who had made controversial remarks against the Prophet.

The case is also being probed by the NIA.
(With inputs from agencies)

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