Lucknow: In the latest development in the Kamlesh Tiwari murder case, all the three people who were detained in a joint operation between Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat Police, have confessed to the crime.
The 3 accused arrested in Gujarat were Maulana Mohsin Sheikh, Faizan, & Khurshid Ahmed Pathan and were being investigated by a joint team of UP & Gujarat police.
As per the police, Tiwari’s controversial speech on Prophet Mohammed in 2015 was the reason behind the murder.
Meanwhile, two Muslim clerics from west UP’s Bijnor district, against whom a murder FIR had been registered, were taken into custody. Two other accused, believed to have carried out the attack, are still on the run.
The FIR against the Muslim clerics was filed by Tiwari’s wife, Kiran Tiwari, who demanded Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meet the family and threatened self-immolation if her husband’s killers were not arrested soon.
She had also said that Kamlesh used to get threat calls every day but the administration did not act upon it. However, the DGP clarified that there was no inaction on the police’s part.
On Friday, Kamlesh Tiwari was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in broad daylight in Lucknow. Tiwari had hit the headlines in 2015 when he made a derogatory remark against Prophet Muhammad. Upsetting Muslims all over the country, he had called Prophet Muhammad the first homosexual in the world.
Following the statement, protests broke out in different parts of the country and Tiwari was booked under the National Security Act for making provocative remarks against Prophet Mohammad. Outraged, around one lakh Muslims had gathered in Muzaffarnagar to demand death penalty for Tiwari.