The killers murder chemist Umesh Kolhe in Maharashtra’s Amravati for a motorcycle and Rs 10,000. Police shared the information through social media. The Police said they knew that the June 21 murder was somehow linked with the victim’s social media post supporting the suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma. Her comments on Prophet Mohammed and Islam had angered people in India and abroad. Arti Singh,police commissioner said at a press conference said,”But we did not reveal that link due to the very sensitive nature of the case,” 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah ordered the NIA to take over the case after 10 days of the  murder.  The local BJP unit has accused the police saying that they are trying to conceal the real reasons behind political reasons. BJP MP Navneet Kaur Rana questioned the ex-state government led by Uddhav Thackeray. On that account, the new Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, has said the killing is a “national issue”.

This kind of killing incident has become so common. This time Umesh Kolhe a 54 years old man was killed with knives by two men on a motorcycle when he was on his way back home. Later after a week a similar killing occurred Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Till now seven accused, including the alleged mastermind Irfan Shaikh Rahim, have been arrested. The police said, “It was Irfan Shaikh who gave the five killers money and the bike. The case will be formally handed over to the NIA “in a day or two”. 

The commissioner also said that three people received threats over similar social media posts. But out of three only one person filed a complaint; the other two aren’t willing to come forward.

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