A court here extended till Saturday the police custody of three of the seven accused in the Udaipur murder case and sent the remaining four to judicial custody till August 1. All the seven accused were produced in a special court designated by the National Investigation Agency. Amid tight security on Tuesday
Those sent to NIA custody include Riyaz Akhtari and Ghaus Mohammad, who allegedly killed a tailor Kanhaiya Lal with a cleaver on June 28, saying they were avenging his insult to Islam. . Farhad Mohammad Sheikh, described by the NIA as his close criminal aide and the last person to be arrested in the case so far, was also sent to further police custody.
Special Public Prosecutor TP Sharma said, “The court has extended the remand of Ghaus Mohammad, Riyaz and Farhad till July 16. They will remain in the custody of NIA while four other accused have been sent to jail till August 1. Sharma said the court had earlier remanded the accused to police custody till July 12.
Both Akhtari and Ghaus Mohammad were caught hours after the crime in Rajsamand. He had posted a horrific video of the murder on social media. There were other arrests in the next few days as the NIA handled the case that led to communal tension in Udaipur and protests at several other places.
Curfew was imposed in parts of Udaipur and prohibitory orders were imposed in the state. An NIA spokesperson had on Sunday said that Farhad Mohammad Sheikh alias Babla, who was arrested last evening, was a “close criminal associate” of Riyaz Akhtari and took an active part in the conspiracy.
Mohammad Mohsin, Wasim Ali, Asif and another person also known as Mohsin were sent to judicial custody till August 1. Mohsin and Asif were arrested two days after the murder for their alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy. He was accused of doing recce of Kanhaiya Lal’s shop.
The NIA later arrested Mohd Mohsin, Wasim Ali and Farhad Mohd Shaikh on different days. The NIA re-registered the case under the Anti-Terrorist Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on June 29 after taking over from the Rajasthan Police.
The case was initially registered at Dhanmandi police station in Udaipur.