BJP leaders in Rajasthan on Saturday refuted the allegation leveled by the Congress that the principle accused within the Kanhaiya Lal homicide case in Udaipur was a BJP member.
After a number of photographs exhibiting accused Riyaz Akhtari with some native BJP leaders of Udaipur emerged, Mohammad Sadiq Khan, state president of the BJP Minority Morcha, stated the images couldn’t be taken as proof that he was a BJP member.
In one of many photographs, the accused is seen with the chief of the opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, who additionally belongs to Udaipur. Khan stated Congress wished to shift the blame on the saffron social gathering in an effort to divert public consideration from the “failures of the Ashok Gehlot authorities” which, he alleged, did nothing for minorities in three-and-a-half years.
“Anybody can have a photograph with any chief. It doesn’t imply that he’s a member of the BJP,” he informed reporters in Jaipur. “He may need gone to some social gathering program to hold out a recce and acquired photographs clicked with native leaders. Since it’s a regular development to add photographs with leaders or celebrities on Fb and different social media platforms, he may need additionally uploaded the picture nevertheless it doesn’t imply that he’s a BJP member,” Khan stated.
The BJP chief stated the homicide highlights the state authorities’s failure because it didn’t present safety to Kanhaiya Lal regardless of a transparent risk. Khan stated Akhtari’s automobile quantity was “2611”, which he obtained by selection in 2013, and this indicated his radical ideology.
Kataria issued a video assertion saying many individuals take photos with him throughout public occasions and it isn’t in his palms.“A photograph mine with that legal is being talked about…I’m with BJP since 1974, have been an MLA and a minister. BJP has its minority morcha and my presence of their program isn’t a criminal offense,” he stated.
“I should have gone to this system…who stands with me within the picture isn’t in my palms. ”Regardless of that, if somebody thinks that some crime has occurred due to that, then a legal case be lodged towards me and if the legislation considers my presence within the picture a criminal offense, then take motion towards me, I’ve no drawback with that,” he stated.
In one other picture, Riyaz is seen with native chief Irshad Chainwala. Reacting to the cost, Chainwala stated, “I’ve no affiliation with him. He was launched to me by another person. The accused can also be not a employee or member of the social gathering.”
Earlier within the day, Congress alleged that Akhtari is a “BJP member” and sought to know whether or not the Centre had moved shortly to switch the case to the NIA as a consequence of this purpose.
Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor, was killed on Tuesday afternoon by two cleaver-wielding males, who posted on-line a grisly video of the crime and stated they did it to avenge an insult to Islam. Akhtari and one other accused Ghouse Mohammad have been arrested hours after the incident whereas fleeing on a motorbike.
Two extra individuals, who have been allegedly concerned in a recce of Kanhaiya’s store and within the alleged conspiracy to kill him, have been additionally arrested later.