- The main mastermind behind the murder of Umesh Kolhe has been arrested from Nagpur.
- The arrested has been identified as Irfan Khan, owner of an NGO from Nagpur
- The 54-year-old chemist was stabbed to death in Amravati city of Maharashtra on June 21
Amravati killing: The main mastermind behind the murder of Umesh Kolhe has been arrested from Nagpur. The arrested has been identified as Irfan Khan, owner of an NGO from Nagpur, police said. Seven have been arrested so far. The crime branch of Amravati city police arrested Irfan Khan (32), a local resident, from Nagpur in the evening. He had allegedly hatched the conspiracy to murder Umesh Prahladrao Kolhe (54), who ran a medical shop in Amravati, and roped in others, said city police commissioner Dr Aarti Singh.
Earlier, police had arrested Mudassar Ahmed alias Sonu Raza Sheikh Ibrahim (22), Shahrukh Pathan alias Badshasha Hidayat Khan (25), Abdul Taufik alias Nanu Sheikh Taslim (24), Shoeb Khan alias Bhurya Sabir Khan (22), Atib Rashid Aadil Rashid (22) and Yusuf Khan Bahadur Khan (44) in connection with Kolhe's killing. Sali said some of the accused had watched Kolhe's movements for three days prior to the killing.
Police arrested two of the accused on the basis of CCTV footage and also seized the knife used in the crime.
What happened on June 21
The 54-year-old chemist was stabbed to death in Amravati city of Maharashtra on June 21, and police suspected that the brutal murder in Maharashtra was after he wrote a post in support of Nupur Sharma on Facebook. He used to run a chemist shop by the name of Amit Medical Store in Amravati.
The incident occurred between 10 pm and 10.30 pm when Kolhe was going home on a two-wheeler after closing his shop. His son Saket (27) and his wife Vaishnavi were accompanying him in a different vehicle. A Home Ministry spokesperson on Saturday said that the killing will be probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The spokesperson tweeted that the NIA would probe the conspiracy behind the killing of the chemist, Umesh Kolhe, who was hacked to death on June 21.