Nupur Sharma row: Maharashtra chemist’s killing probe taken over by NIA

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After a chemist was stabbed to death in Maharashtra’s Amravati for supporting Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) spokesperson Nupur Sharma, NIA has taken over the probe of his killing, reported India Today.

As per the report, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team has reached Amravati and will take over the investigation. The team is examining the matter and taking details from the Maharashtra Police.

Themist Umesh Prahladrao Kolhe was stabbed to death in Amravati on 21 June for allegedly making a social media post in support of suspended Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

Local BJP leaders submitted a letter to police over the murder of Umesh Prahladrao Kolhe, alleging that he was killed to “take revenge and set an example”.

Confirming the same to India Today, police said they have received the letter from BJP leaders and are investigating the matter.

An FIR has been lodged and six people have been arrested in connection with the case, police said.

“Kolhe ran a medical store in Amravati city. He had allegedly shared a post on some WhatsApp groups in support of Nupur Sharma for her comments. He even mistakenly shared the post in a WhatsApp group in which some Muslims were also members, including his customers,” an official of the City Kotwali police station told Press Trust of India (PTI).

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