The National Investigation Agency (NIA) told a special court here on Friday that two new accused arrested in connection with the murder of an Amravati pharmacist were present at a “biryani party” organized to celebrate the murder. The NIA on Wednesday arrested two more people in connection with the murder of Amravati pharmacist Umesh Kolhe.
The NIA made these allegations while demanding the custody of the accused Maulvi Mushfiq Ahmed (41) and Abdul Arbaaz (23), who were arrested from Amravati. The accused were produced before Special Judge AK Lahoti, who remanded them to NIA custody till August 12.
Umesh Kolhe murder case: Court sent two more accused to NIA custody till August 12
The investigating agency informed the court that the duo had allegedly given shelter to the other accused after committing the crime. According to sources, Maulvi Mushfiq Ahmed and Abdul Arbaaz are suspected to have raised money for the murder and sheltered other accused. Nine have been arrested so far in connection with the case after two more were arrested on Wednesday.
The NIA claimed that a “biryani party” was organized to celebrate the murder and that Mushfiq and Abdul were present at the same party. The agency alleged that Mushfiq had also spoken over the phone with the alleged mastermind Sheikh Irfan after the murder. While Abdul was working as a driver with the organization run by Irfan. Irfan Rahbar, the alleged mastermind of the murder, used to run a voluntary organization called Helpline.
Opposing the remand, Kashif Khan, the counsel for the accused, argued that the charges against the two were not applicable as they were not terrorists. After hearing both the sides, the court sent both the accused to NIA custody till August 12.
Kolhe was killed in eastern Maharashtra’s Amravati town on June 21 after he shared a post on social media in support of suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma over his alleged controversial remarks about Prophet Mohammad. Went.
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