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Lawyer arrested, two alleged killers questioned in Hindu outfit leader’s murder

  Updated: Oct 25, 2019, 22:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

A Delhi-based lawyer was arrested after he was cross-questioned with two alleged killers of Hindu outfit leader Kamlesh Tiwari here on Friday, said senior state police officials who are privy to the investigation.

The lawyer, Mohd Naved Raza Siddiqui, had allegedly provided logistical support to the alleged killers after the crime, they added.

ASP (West) Vikas Chandra Tripathi confirmed the lawyer would be booked under sections 201 (concealment of evidence) and 216 (harbouring criminals) of the Indian Penal Code.

The two alleged killers, Ashfaq Sheikh Hussain and Moinuddin Khurshid Pathan, are in two-day police custody since Friday morning. The lawyer was picked up from Bareilly on Thursday. He was brought to face-to-face with the alleged killers on Friday to reconstruct the entire sequence after Tiwari’s murder.

Director general of police (DGP) OP Singh confirmed that the two killers and the lawyer were cross- questioned to extract more details and connect all missing links before and after Kamlesh Tiwari’s killing.

Another official privy to investigation said the lawyer helped the two killers sneak into Nepal through Lakhimpur Kheri’s Gauri Fanta area on the India-Nepal border on October 19. He said the lawyer, a Bareilly resident who practises in Delhi, drove the two killers to the border at Gauri Fanta in his sedan from Bareilly. He dropped them a few metres before the border, the officer said.

He said the lawyer asked the two alleged killers to mingle among two groups of local people crossing the border.

The lawyer later crossed the border too and picked up the two alleged killers again so that he could drop them at an accommodation arranged in Nepal, the officials said.

The official said the two alleged killers stayed at the hideout in Nepal for several hours on October 20 where the lawyer helped them get two new mobile phones and SIM cards through his local contact. He said Naved helped the two killers to return to India through his local contact who dropped them again on Indian territory on his motorcycle on the evening of October 20.

The official said the two alleged killers returned to India with the plan to surrender after being convinced by Ashfaq’s wife and father.

“The two killers returned to Palia, Lakhimpur Kheri, by taking a lift on a tanker and hired a car from there to reach Shahjahanpur from where they boarded a train to Delhi and thereafter reached Gujarat by another train, Porbandar Express. The Gujarat ATS has said they arrested Ashfaq and Moinuddin after the duo reached its jurisdiction,” he said.

The official said so far probe suggested that Naved was not aware of the plan before Kamlesh Tiwari’s murder, but he helped the two killers after the crime despite becoming aware of the killing afterwards. He said the lawyer came in contact with the two killers through Sayyed Asim Ali, who was arrested from Nagpur by the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad on October 20.

Two more arrested for harbouring ‘killers’

The Lucknow police arrested two more people for helping the two killers of Hindu outfit leader Kamlesh Tiwari, an official said.

Those arrested were identified as Raees, who owns a mobile shop, and Asif, who owns an accessories shop.

Inspector general of police SK Bhagat said Raees and Asim provided mobile phones and Rs 10,000 to the two killers on being asked by Delhi-based lawyer Mohd Naved Raza Siddiqui. He said the duo was booked under section 216 of the Indian Penal Code for harbouring the killers.

Another official said two more people, Tanveer and Kamran, were also likely to be arrested. He said Tanveer helped the killers during their stay in Nepal and Tanveer, along with Naved, helped them in Bareilly.

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