Mumbai: In Amravati, Maharashtra, a 54-year-old chemist was fatally murdered after reportedly supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma on social media.
On June 21, a chemist named Umesh Prahladrao Kolhe was stabbed to death in Amravati, just one week before two people hacked to death Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Kolhe ran a medical store in Amravati city. He had allegedly shared a post on some WhatsApp groups in support of Nupur Sharma’s comments. “He even mistakenly shared the post in a WhatsApp group in which some Muslims were also members,” an official of the City Kotwali police station said.
According to MHA, an NIA team has reached Amravati and will take over the probe. The team is investigating the situation and gathering information from the Maharashtra Police. “MHA has given the NIA the matter to investigate.” “The case relating to the barbaric killing of Umesh Kolhe in Amravati is with the NIA.”
The home ministry said in a tweet that the conspiracy behind the killing, the involvement of organisations and international linkages would be thoroughly investigated.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra ATS team is currently probing the matter. ATS sources said that they are investigating whether there is any terror angle in the case. The ATS is also investigating whether the same pattern was used by the Amravati accused as the Udaipur accused.