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NIA court extends custody of 7 accused till July 22 in Amravati Chemist’s Murder

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The custody of the accused in the murder of a chemist in Amravati of Maharashtra for allegedly supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma has been extended till July 22. The NIA on Friday told the court that the murder of a chemist in Amravati has international ramifications. After which the court extended the NIA custody of the seven arrested accused.

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Chemist Umesh Kolhe was stabbed to death on June 21. He was returning home at night after closing his shop. Umesh Kolhe had supported Suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks about Prophet Mohammad. The NIA has taken over the investigation of the incident from Amravati Police. The agency produced the accused before a special NIA court here on Friday after their initial custody period ended.

The NIA requested the accused to be remanded for eight more days, saying the matter is very serious and has national and international ramifications. The agency said that the motive behind this murder was to terrorize a section of the society.

The agency denied defense lawyers’ claim that the incident was the result of a fight between friends. Defense lawyer Sharif Sheikh opposed the extension, saying there was no solid ground. He claimed that Kolhe’s murder took place before the Udaipur incident and the investigating agency was trying to give it a different colour.

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