Udaipur killer Riyaz Attari had joined SDPI in 2019: Police | Latest India News

The Islamist Popular Front of India (PFI) and its political front SDPI manifest themselves in the savage killings of Udaipur and Amaravati. It is also now evident that the police in Udaipur and Amravati had a poor appreciation of the threat posed by the Islamists to Nupur Sharma supporters.

Investigations into the ISIS-style killings of Amravati and Udaipur by Islamists have established a common link with defendants with ties to the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), a political front of the extremist People’s Front of India (PFI). ). The other factor that emerges from the two investigations is the poor appreciation and response of the Islamist threat towards the two victims, Pharmacist Umesh Kolhe and Tailor Kanhiya Lal of Amravati and Udaipur Police respectively.

As the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Farhad Mohammed Sheikh alias Babla as the seventh defendant in the Kanhiya Lal hack for supporting Nupur Sharma on Friday night, it is quite evident that the Udaipur plot hatched after the June 20 rally against Nupur Sharma. by the PFI.

Although investigative and security agencies are tight-lipped about the events after the June 20 rally in Udaipur, it is now established that the main defendant Riyaz Attar, the one who made the butcher knives, joined the SDPI in 2019 and was an active member. Defendant Babla also confessed his PFI-SDPI links during his interrogation.

According to the security agencies, while the international links of the defendants from Udaipur and Amravati will only be revealed after the CFSL sends a report based on the examination of the electronic devices seized, the PFI-SDPI link also appears very clearly in the murder of Amaravati. investigators examining its evidentiary value in the upcoming court case.

Although the PFI-SDPI describe themselves as socio-political organizations, the group has a core of former SIMI cadres with an Alhe-Hadith or Salafist ideology and has extremist leanings. Pakistan-based global terror Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) is a follower of Ahle-Hadith.

Over the past decade, the once Kerala-Karnataka-based group has attempted to broaden its base by co-opting Barelvis Sufis and even their rivals the Deobandi. The PFI launched an agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Tamil Nadu, SDPI supported the farmers’ agitation against the now withdrawn agricultural laws. He also backed TMC MP Mohua Moitra for her recent anti-Kali Goddess remarks.

Investigations by counter-terrorism agencies revealed that Udaipur police refused to appreciate the threat against Kanhiya Lal despite the victim approaching them for help as early as June 17-18. We learn that after the June 20 meeting, Kanhiya Lal was threatened every day by his assassin Ghous Mohammed and his Islamist comrades. Similarly, Amravati police also attempted to downplay the savage crime as robbery despite the arrest of two of the defendants shortly after the murder. The arrests contradict the Amravati Police Commissioner’s claim that the case was “indiscriminate and sensitive”. Maharashtra Police CEO Rajnish Seth opted to play by bureaucratic rules rather than help the NIA win custody of the murder defendant.


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