New Delhi: A week before Udaipur’s ghastly murder on camera, another incident happened in Maharashtra’s Amaravati in which some fanatics killed a pharmacist in cold blood for supporting Nupur Sharma. The shop owner named Umesh Kolhe was killed on June 21 after he wrote a Facebook post in support of suspended BJP spokesperson.
Amid the widespread anger & outrage over murder of veteran pharmacist for a FB post, a CCTV footage of the horrific murder has emerged in which the attackers can be seen chasing him in on bike.
The manner in which Taliban style beheadings happened first in Amravati on June 21 & then in Udaipur on June 28 has sent alarm bells ringing for the security agencies. Reports of an international plot or deep-rooted sleeper cells hasn’t been ruled out.
Taking cognizance of the design & alleged conspiracy, the Home Minister today announced probe into the Amravati killing by the central agency – National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Assailants slit the throat of pharmacist Umesh Kolhe, while he was returning home after closing his shop.
His brother, speaking about the Amravati horror said that Umesh forwarded some messages about Nupur Sharma in WhatsApp groups. Can this be a crime enough to murder someone.
#WATCH | My brother forwarded some messages about Nupur Sharma in some Whatsapp groups but we’re not able to understand why was he killed because of 2-4 forwarded messages? He didn’t forward them to anyone individually: Mahesh Kolhe, brother of Umesh Kolhe who was murdered pic.twitter.com/njk8X7IGnF
— ANI (@ANI) July 2, 2022
The police reportedly tried to gloss over the hate crime but after it created huge uproar, 5 assailants have been apprehended. They include Mudassir Ahmed Shaikh Ibrahim (22), Shahrukh Pathan Khan (23), Abdul Taufeeq Tasleem (24), Shoeb Khan (29) and Ateef Rashid (23).
Police role has also come under scrutiny over alleged attempts to downplay the heinous murder. Initially, the case was about said to be about robbery but the arrested accused themselves admitted that they killed him because of his post supporting Nupur Sharma.
Amravati based BJP leader said that had the cops not did cover-up and acted in time, the Udaipur butchery of Kanhaiya Lal could have been avoided.