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Slain Hindu Samaj Party leader Kamlesh Tiwari’s family demands NIA probe

NEW DELHI: The family of Hindu Samaj Party leader Kamlesh Tiwari has demanded a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his murder. Earlier, UP CM Yogi Adityanath had assured that the government will not spare the killers of Tiwari.

“We want NIA to investigate the case, we do not trust anyone. They killed my father although he had security guards. Hence, how can we possibly trust the administration then?” Satyam Tiwari, son of Kamlesh Tiwari said on Saturday.

Unknown assailants shot Tiwari dead in Lucknow on Friday at his residence. He was the former leader of Hindu Mahasabha and had founded the Hindu Samaj Party. People rushed the leader to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries. The assailants managed to flee the spot. The police recovered a revolver from the site of the crime.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said they will bring to book the killers of Kamlesh Tiwari. “Whosoever will create an atmosphere of fear, we will deal with them severely. We will not tolerate any such incident. We will not spare anyone who is involved in Kamlesh Tiwari’s murder,” Adityanath said in Mumbai.

Earlier in the day, Gujarat ATS arrested three persons in Surat for killing the Hindu Samaj Party leader. UP Police DGP OP Singh told media persons in Lucknow that three persons identified as Maulana Sheikh, Faizan, and Rashid Pathan have been detained in Surat. The police are now interrogating the accused. All three are in their 20s.

“Pathan was the mastermind in the conspiracy to murder Kamlesh. The former had made disparaging comments against the Prophet in 2015,” said Singh. The DGP also said that police have detained Mohammed Mufti Naeem Qazmi and Imam Maulana Anuwarual Haq from UP’s Bijnor.

“Prima facie it appears that the killing was linked to Tiwari’s remark on Prophet Muhammad in 2015, but nothing has been confirmed so far. The killers were probably radicalized after Tiwari made the controversial remark against Prophet,” said the DGP.

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