December 8, 2022

ats: Man killed over Islam post,Gujarat cops arrest Delhi cleric | India News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD : Gujarat’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested a cleric from old Delhi’s Daryaganj for allegedly inciting two followers and arranging a gun for them to fatally shoot Kishan Bharwad, a 27-year-old resident of Gujarat’s Dhandhuka, over a controversial social media post on Islam. Two Rajkot brothers were arrested by the special operations group of the state police on charges of supplying the pistol and five cartridges to the alleged mastermind, identified as Maulana Qamar Ganhi Islami.
The cleric had been previously charged with fomenting communal violence in Tripura and booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act last November, an ATS official said.
“Islami was stepping out of an office belonging to his organisation Tehreek-e-Farogh-e-Islami when he was stopped and arrested,” the official said. “In April 2021, he had posted a video on social media in which he makes a provocative speech calling for a backlash against people who post blasphemous material. In another of his speeches, he says one can go to any extent to punish a person who makes blasphemous statements against Islam.”
The ATS said Islami had been in touch with Shabbir Chopda, who allegedly murdered Bharwad on January 25, and Imtiyaz Pathan, who was riding the motorcycle in which the duo travelled.
Chopda would follow Islami on social media and had met him several times. ATS officials claim Islami gave Chopda the murder weapon and helped him chalk out the plot.
The two brothers suspected of procuring the pistol and ammunition were identified as Azim Bashir Sama, a resident of Dudhsagar Road in Rajkot, and his sibling Wasim. Both have been handed over to the ATS for interrogation.
Six people, including Chopda and Jamalpur-based cleric Mohammed Ayyub Javrawala, have been arrested in the case so far.

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