Refuting Congress accusation, BJP says Udaipur murder is not blamed by its member
Congress alleged on Saturday that the main defendant in the Kanhaiya Lal murder case in Udaipur was a member of the BJP, who dismissed the allegation of ”fake news” and an attempt to distract ” failures” of Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan.
At a press conference in the nation’s capital, the head of the Congress’s media department, Pawan Khera, cited Facebook posts showing the accused Riyaz Akhtari with local BJP leaders and inquired whether the Center had moved quickly to transfer the case to the NIA for this reason.
”Through BJP leader Irshad Chainwala’s Facebook posts on November 30, 2018, and Mohammad Tahir on February 3, 2019, October 27, 2019, August 10, 2021 and November 28, 2019, and other posts, it is clear that the killer of terrorist Kanhaiya Lal Riyaz…was not only close to the BJP leadership, but was also an active BJP member,” Khera alleged.
He said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot welcomed the transfer of this matter to the NIA.
However, in light of ‘new facts’, the question arises whether the BJP-led government at the Center moved quickly to transfer the case to the NIA for these reasons, he said and demanded that the BJP be clear on the issue. .
Responding to a tweet from a Congress leader, BJP IT chief Amit Malviya said the accused were not BJP members and the opposition party should ‘stop having fun’ on national security issues.
”I’m not surprised you’re peddling #FakeNews. The Udaipur murderers were NOT BJP members. Their infiltration attempt was like the LTTE assassin’s attempt to enter Congress to kill Rajiv Gandhi,’ he tweeted.
“Congress should stop messing around with terror and national security,” Malviya said.
Mohammad Sadiq Khan, Rajasthan chairman of BJP Minority Morcha, also said the photos could not be taken as proof that Akhtari was a member of the party.
He alleged Congress wanted to blame the Saffron Party for distracting public attention from the “failures of the Ashok Gehlot government which did nothing for minorities” in three and a half years.
“Anyone can have a photo with any leader. It doesn’t mean he is a member of the BJP,’ Khan told reporters.
“He may have gone to a party program to conduct reconnaissance and got clicked photos with local leaders. As it is a normal trend to upload photos with leaders or celebrities on Facebook and other social media platforms, he may have uploaded the photo as well, but that does not mean he is a member of BJP ” Sadiq said.
The BJP leader said the killing highlights the failure of the state government as it failed to provide security to Kanhaiya Lal despite a clear threat.
Khan said Akhtari’s vehicle number was “2611”, which he got by choice in 2013, indicating his radical ideology.
BJP leader Kapil Mishra has met with Kanhaiya Lal’s family members and announced financial aid of Rs 1 crore raised through a fundraising initiative.
Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor, was stabbed to death on Tuesday afternoon by two men armed with cleavers, who posted a gruesome video of the crime online saying they were avenging an insult to Islam. The killing sparked widespread outrage.
Akhtari and another defendant, Ghouse Mohammad, were arrested hours after the incident as they fled on a motorbike.
Two other people, who were allegedly involved in a reconnaissance of Kanhaiya’s shop and the plot to kill him, were also later arrested. The four were taken into custody until July 12 on Saturday.
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