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The NIA has suspected the involvement of an IS-inspired gang behind the murder of chemist Umesh Kolhe in Maharashtra’s Amravati in the past. On Thursday, an official raised the possibility that in view of the brutality with which Umesh Kolhe was slit, prima facie it appears that the murder has been done on the lines of IS. He said that keeping this angle in mind, the investigation is being done whether the accused have any contact with IS or any other terrorist organization.
Seven accused on remand of NIA
The seven accused arrested in the Umesh Kolhe murder case have been sent on NIA remand till July 15 by the special court. The accused were brought to Mumbai from Amravati on Thursday morning. Here all seven were produced before Special Judge of NIA Cases AK Lahoti. During the hearing, the agency said that there is evidence that the accused were involved in terrorist activities. After which the NIA demanded the remand of the accused for 15 days. On the demand of NIA, the court sent him on remand till July 15.
The raids were conducted by the NIA on Wednesday.
Significantly, earlier on Wednesday, NIA raided several places in Maharashtra in connection with the murder of pharmacist Umesh Kolhe in Amravati. The Union Home Ministry had last week handed over the murder case of Umesh Kolhe in Amravati district to the NIA on June 21. An NIA spokesperson said the agency conducted raids at 13 places in Maharashtra on Wednesday.
incriminating documents recovered
According to the agency, mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, digital devices like DVRs, knives and pamphlets besides hate messages and other incriminating documents and material were seized during searches at the premises of the accused and suspects, according to the agency. The spokesperson said that further investigation in the matter is on.
In fact, Kolhe was stabbed to death for supporting sacked BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks on Prophet Mohammad. The case was initially registered on June 22 at Kotwali, Amravati’s police station. The NIA took over the investigation by registering the case again on July 2.
Police questioned PFI leader
A local leader of the Popular Front of India (PFI) was questioned by the police on Wednesday in connection with the murder of pharmacist Umesh Kolhe. A police official said that PFI’s Amravati district chief Sohail Nadvi was brought to Nagpuri Gate police station and questioned and later let go.