5 arrested in India over Hindu group leader’s killing

20 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Lucknow: Five people have been arrested for the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, the leader of a political party in Uttar Pradesh who was killed at his residence in Lucknow on Friday, OP Singh (Director-General Police, UP), said on Saturday, reports NDTV.

Three of the arrests were made in Gujarat after a joint operation between the police forces of the two states. The two other arrests were those of Muslim clerics from western UP’s Bijnor district who had been named in a murder FIR filed by Kamlesh Tiwari’s wife. Two other accused, those believed to have carried out the attack, are still on the run.

The men arrested in Gujarat have been identified as Maulana Mohsin Sheikh (24) Rasheed Ahmed Pathan (23) and Faizan (21). The clerics are Maluana Anwar-Ul Haq and Mufti Naeem Kazmin, according to news agency ANI. Police believe Rasheed Pathan was the mastermind, while Faizan purchased the box of sweets the killers used to gain entry into Mr Tiwari’s home.