Jaipur: The BJP on Saturday strongly denied that its members had any link to one of the killers in the gruesome murder of a tailor in Rajasthan’s Udaipur.
At a news conference, the BJP’s minority cell chief, Sadiq Khan, said, “We have no links to either of the accused.”
The Congress had alleged that one of the murderers in the brutal killing in Udaipur had a connection with the BJP and asked whether the centre had moved rapidly to transfer the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to sweep it under the carpet.
Senior Congress leader Pawan Khera cited a media group’s “very sensational disclosure” in connection with the Udaipur incident, which pointed to the BJP’s links with Riyaz Attari, also called Riaz Akhtari.
In a tweet, Mr. Khera also said, “The killer of Kanhaiya Lal, Riyaz Attari, is a member of the BJP.” Several other Congress leaders made similar claims.
The claims drew consternation from the BJP’s IT cell chief, Amit Malviya, who dismissed them as “fake news”.
“I’m not surprised you’re spreading # FakeNews.The Udaipur murderers WEREN’T members of the BJP. “Their attempt to infiltrate was like the LTTE assassin’s attempt to enter the Congress to kill Rajiv Gandhi,” he tweeted.
Tailor Kanhaiya Lal was killed Tuesday afternoon by two cleaver-wielding men, who posted a grisly video of the crime online, claiming responsibility for the murder and accusing him of insulting Prophet Mohammed in a social media post.
The two accused, Riaz Akhtari and Gos Mohammad, have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days.
At the news briefing, Mr Khera cited pictures and posts linking Attari with BJP leaders—Irshad Chainwala and Mohammad Tahir.
“It has also come to the fore in the same disclosure that the main accused, Riyaz Attari, often participated in the programmes of Rajasthan BJP leader and former minister Gulabchand Kataria,” he alleged.
“Not only this, but pictures of the main accused Riyaz Attari attending the meetings of the BJP’s Rajasthan minority unit are also in front of the world,” Mr Khera claimed.