Udaipur beheading: NIA raids suspects’ locations, confiscated digital equipment

New DelhiThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches at nine places in Rajasthan in connection with the broad day murder of a tailor in Udaipur district last month. Anti-Terrorism Agency searches premises of suspects in Udaipur. The NIA had claimed to have seized digital devices (mobile phones, laptops and SIM cards) and other incriminating material during the searches.

The case pertains to the murder of 47-year-old Kanhaiya Lal Teli at his shop in Udaipur’s Maldas Street on June 28. The victim was murdered because she had allegedly shared a social media post in support of former BJP leader Nupur Sharma for making controversial statements against Prophet Mohammad.

The case was initially registered on June 29 at Dhanmandi police station in Udaipur. The NIA re-registered the case on June 29 and took over the investigation. NIA has so far arrested seven people in connection with the murder of Kanhaiya Lal Teli. The Anti-Terrorism Agency said on July 9 that it has arrested the 7th accused Farhad Mohammad Sheikh alias Babla (31) from Udaipur.

Mohammad was a close criminal associate of one of the main killers, Riyaz Attari, and was an active part of the conspiracy to kill Kanhaiya Lal.

Earlier on June 29, six accused were arrested in this case; July 1 and July 4. The main killers involved in the case – Riyaz Akhtari and Ghaus Mohammad – were taken into custody on June 29 by the police and then by the NIA during the investigation of the case.

The NIA, however, did not share details about the accused arrested on July 1 and July 4. The NIA FIR mentioned that “the attackers were involved in the ‘brutal’ killing of Kanhaiya Lal, circulated a video of the attack with the claim of promoting “enmity on religious grounds” and public awareness across the country. To create amidst “panic and terror”.

The FIR is based on a complaint by Yash Teli, son of Kanhaiya, a resident of Housing Board Colony, Rajasthan, in connection with the brutal murder of his father by two assailants – Riyaz Akhtari and Ghosh Mohammad – at his shop with sharp weapons. ‘Supreme Tailor’, Bhoot Mahal Maldas Street, Udaipur.

Two employees of the shop were also injured by the attackers in the incident, the FIR mentions. The brutal murder took place between 3 pm and 3.30 pm on June 28 (Tuesday), and the NIA was informed through an order issued by the Counter-Terrorism and Counter Radicalization Division (CTCR) of the Ministry of Home Affairs on June 29.

Soon after committing the crime, the two accused, both residents of Udaipur, posted a video on social media boasting about “beheading” and also threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life.