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3 from Surat among 6 held for Kamlesh Tiwari murder

3 from Surat among 6 held for Kamlesh Tiwari murder

Lucknow: Six people — three from Gujarat, two from UP and one from Maharashtra — have been taken into custody in connection with the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, leader of the lesser-known Hindu Samaj Party, with police saying on Saturday that the suspects were "radicalised" and appeared to have targeted him for his inflammatory remarks made in 2015.

However, Tiwari's mother Kusuma alleged that he was killed by a "local BJP leader" due to a temple dispute in a village.

Among the arrested were Bijnor residents Mohammed Mufti Naeem Kazmi and Imam Maulana Anwarul Haq, who were booked on the murder charge on Friday after Tiwari's wife named them in her police complaint alleging that the duo had announced a bounty of Rs 1.5 crore on his head in 2016.

According to police, the three persons detained in Surat by Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) were identified as Faizan Yunus Bhai, Maulana Mohsin Sheikh, and Rashid Ahmed Khursheed Ahmed Pathan.

Moreover, the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Maharashtra police arrested a man from Mominpura locality of Nagpur in connection with the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, an official said. But the official did not reveal the name of the arrested person.

"So far, there is no terror angle associated with this incident," Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police DGP O P Singh said at a press conference here. The DGP said two more persons — Rashid's brother and Gaurav Tiwari — were also questioned but were let off after investigation.

Tiwari's cremation was also delayed as family members were adamant about meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to put forth their nine demands, including a probe by NIA, government job for victim's son and security to family members.

"We want the National Investigation Agency to investigate the case, we do not trust anyone. My father was killed although he had security guards, how can we possibly trust the administration then?" Satyam Tiwari, son of Kamlesh Tiwari, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The chief minister, meanwhile, said he was ready to meet Tiwari's family members. He said such incidents will not be tolerated, and those involved will not be spared. A Special Investigation Team had been constituted to investigate the case even though the deceased's son demanded an NIA probe. Tiwari was cremated at his native place in Mahmoodabad after the district administration convinced his family that their demands will be fulfilled. with agency input

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