Udaipur killing: NIA makes seventh arrest, accused close aide of Riyaz Attari

Updated on Jul 10, 2022 06:04 PM IST

The NIA said the arrested man was a close associate of one of the main accused in the case, Riyaz Attari, and had taken an active part of the conspiracy to kill Kanhaiya Lal.

File photo of one of the accused in the Udaipur killing outside an NIA court in Jaipur.(PTI)
File photo of one of the accused in the Udaipur killing outside an NIA court in Jaipur.(PTI)

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested the seventh person in connection with killing of a tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur in Rajasthan last month.

According to a release from the federal probing agency, the accused, identified as Farhad Mohammad Sheikh, aged 31 years, was arrested on Saturday evening.

The NIA said the arrested man was a "close criminal associate" of one of the two main accused in the case, Riyaz Attari, and had taken an active part of the conspiracy to kill Lal.

Also read | Udaipur killer Riyaz Attari had joined SDPI in 2019: Police

Lal, a 46-year-old tailor had been beheaded by two Muslim men in Udaipur last month in an apparent revenge over his post on social media in favour of non-suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma who had earlier made controversial remarks about Prophet Mohammad.

The killing by Akhtari was recorded on a phone by Ghouse Mohammad, and the video was posted online. Later, in a video they said Lal was hacked to death to avenge an alleged insult to Islam.

The duo were arrested within hours of the incident that sparked massive outrage across the country. Four more persons were arrested subsequently.

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