MHA directs National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over Udaipur murder probe  

MHA directs National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over Udaipur murder probe

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday ordered the NIA to take over the investigation to investigate whether the murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal Teli had any potential terrorist connections.

The spokesperson of the MHA said on their twitter handle that “MHA has directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take over the investigation of the brutal murder of Shri Kanhaiya Lal Teli committed at Udaipur, Rajasthan yesterday. The involvement of any organisation and international links will be thoroughly investigated.”

According to sources, the Rajasthan Police charged the case late on Tuesday under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) since the accused had also made threats to murder Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to sources, even though the local police have not yet included terrorist-related charges in the FIR, it is probable that the suspects, who have already been detained by Rajasthan police, would be charged with terrorism.

Their phones are being subjected to cyberforensic examination. They are being investigated to see whether they belong to any internet organisations that inspire individuals for lone-wolf attacks on religious lines. A senior police officer stated that it was being investigated to see if they belonged to some sort of self-styled Islamic State group.

Two Muslim men hacked Kanhaiya Lal Teli to death inside his shop in Udaipur on Tuesday, and posted a video online of the incident claiming it was in retaliation for the victim sharing remarks made by BJP’s Nupur Sharma on the Prophet.

In another video, the attackers introduced themselves as Mohammad Riyaz and Ghouse Mohammad, bragged about the “beheading,” and threatened PM Modi and Nupur Sharma with death. Both Riyaz and Mohammad, citizens of Udaipur, were detained in the Rajsamand district of the state in Bhim.