Lucknow: The anti-terrorism squad of the Gujarat Police has arrested two alleged killers in the sensational murder of Hindu Samaj Party leader Kamlesh Tiwari.
The two accused have been arrested from a location near the Gujarat-Rajasthan border. With these fresh arrests, total number of people booked in this case moved to six.
Two arrested have been identified as Ashfaq Hussain (34) and Moinuddin Pathan (27). Police said that they killed Kamlesh Tiwari to take revenge his statements against Prophet Mohammad which he intentionally made in the past.
Police reportedly said that the two accused met Tiwari at his residence on October 18 to discusss political issues and also to gift Diwali sweets. The accused allegedly slit leader's throat and shot him before escaping.
Highlights in the case:
- Both the accused were caught in the CCTV footage.
- Sweet box containing address from Gujarat was found from the murder location.
- Both accused stayed at a Lucknow hotel and presented their actual identity cards in the hotel records.
- The two accused were last spotted on CCTV footage collected from a location close to the Shahjahanpur bus station, around 170 km from Lucknow.
- Four people arrested were - Maulana Mohsin Sheikh, Rasheed Ahmed Pathan, Faizan, Sayyed Asim Ali.
Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police, OP Singh said, "Pressure from the police was the main reason the two accused ended up running from one place to another, be it Bareilly or Shahjahanpur. They weren't able to stay at one place for more than two to four hours, and they couldn't use any electronic devices either."
Statement released by the Gujarat Police said, "Two accused - both residents of Surat - escaped to the western state after killing the Hindu leader. Once their money dried up, the accused called their family members and acquaintances in Surat for assistance. But those close to the two had already been placed under surveillance, and based on that, they were apprehended from the Gujarat-Rajasthan border near Shamlaji."