Uttar Pradesh Police claimed to have solved the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari within 24 hours.
While addressing a press conference Director General of Police(DGP) OP Singh said, “A joint team of UP and Gujarat Police has detained 3 persons and interrogating them. Their names are Maulana Mohsin Sheikh, Faizan, & Khurshid Ahmed Pathan. Two other accused were also detained but released later, they are being monitored.”
Police believe Rasheed Pathan was the mastermind, while Faizan purchased the box of sweets they used to gain entry into Tiwari’s home.
“We found a sweet box at the incident spot and we found many clues in it. I spoke to the Gujarat DGP and we sent our team there. There was strong coordination between the Gujarat police and us.. based on clues we formed small teams and fanned out to UP and elsewhere. From the beginning we had a hunch this was related to Gujarat,” Singh added after CCTV footage suggested the box was from a confectionery in Surat.
DGP OP Singh has ruled out any terror angle and that the main focus of the killing was a defamatory comment Tiwari made about Prophet Muhammad in 2015. Tiwari’s comments stirred a huge controversy, triggered riots and because of which he was sent to jail as well.