Surat: A team of Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested three persons from Surat in Gujarat on Friday in connection with the murder of former Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) leader Kamlesh Tiwari who was killed at his Lucknow home yesterday itself. Meanwhile, taking responsibility for Tiwari’s murder, the Al-Hind Brigade had sent a WhatsApp message blaming Kamlesh for “defaming Islam and Muslims.”
Earlier, seven persons were detained by the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad for questioning following leads from the UP Police. The UP police probing the murder of Tiwari, found a box of sweets at the crime spot that had a Surat address. Sources said that the Surat crime branch has also begun questioning some of the suspected youths.
On the other hand, the authenticity of the message of the Al-Hind Brigade could not immediately be verified. The unknown outfit’s message carried a photograph of Tiwari and it read: “Kamlesh Tiwari was a nuisance and whosoever points fingers towards Islam and Muslims, will meet same end. Al-Hind Brigade takes responsibility. Get ready to see more. The war has begun.”
Tiwari, who had appealed on behalf of the organisation in the Ayodhya case before the Supreme Court, contested the 2012 assembly election from central Lucknow on the ticket of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha but was defeated. Meanwhile Tiwari’s wife Kiran has lodged an FIR against two clerics of Bijnor mosques, accusing them of murder and criminal conspiracy.