A day after the murder of controversial former Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that it was a well-planned murder and that the criminals will be given stringent punishment. He also ensured that probe will be completed within few hours. "The criminals were in touch with Kamlesh Tiwari for long. They entered Kamlesh Tiwari's home, they had tea with him, then they send his family members to the market and then they did they fateful act. Investigations are going on in full swing. It was a well-planned murder," Yogi Adityanath said in an exclusive interview to Republic TV's political news editor Aishwarya Kapoor.
On Friday afternoon, the former chief of Hindu Mahasabha Kamlesh Tiwari was shot and succumbed to injuries after he was taken to Trauma Centre in Lucknow. He was a controversial leader who had recently floated his own outfit called the Hindu Sabha. Preliminary investigation on Friday revealed pictures of two men donned in saffron attire outside his home.
The Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) slammed Yogi Adityanath for the law and order situation in the state on Saturday. Citing that all the police officials functioned under the aegis of the state government, the SP raised questions about how a murder could take place in broad daylight in Lucknow. Taking to Twitter, the party urged the UP CM to answer for the security lapse.
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested three persons in relation to the murder case of Tiwari. In a separate development, news agency ANI has reported that the Uttar Pradesh police is investigating Maulana Anwarul Haq from Bijnor. In 2015, he had placed a bounty of Rs.51 lakh for beheading Kamlesh Tiwari. He was one of the two suspects named by Tiwari’s wife in her complaint to the police.