Police arrest Irfan Khan, a veterinarian and NGO owner suspected of orchestrating the ‘blasphemous’ murder of Amravati chemist Umesh Kolhe

Irfan Khan, a veterinarian who runs an NGO suspected of being the mastermind behind the murder of chemist Amrvati Umesh Kolhe, has been arrested in Nagpur.

Five people, identified as Muddsir Ahemad (22), Shahrukh Pathan (25), Abdul Thoufique (24) Shoaib Khan (22) and Atib Rashid (22), all Amravati residents and day laborers, were arrested earlier in connection with the murder of the 54-year-old chemist so far.

According to the initial police investigation, Irfan Khan promised to give the culprits money and help them escape safely in a car.

Confirming the link between former BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma’s comments and Kolhe’s murder, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Amravati City) Vikram Sali said on Saturday: Nupur Sharma.

Kolhe, who ran a pharmacy by the name of Amit Medical Store in Amravati, was stabbed to death in the town of Amravati, Maharashtra on June 21.

The incident happened between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. as Kolhe was returning home on two wheels after closing his shop. His son Saket (27) and his wife Vaishnavi accompanied him in another vehicle.

A Home Office spokesman said on Saturday the murder would be investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The spokesperson tweeted that the NIA would investigate the conspiracy behind the murder of chemist, Umesh Kolhe, who was hacked to death on June 21.

Amravati’s murder happened exactly a week before the gruesome murder of Kanhaiyalal Teli, a Hindu tailor from Udaipur who was brutally beheaded by two Muslim assailants for expressing his support for the former BJP spokesman. The assailants, Mohammad Riyaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad, entered Kanhaiya Lal’s shop in Dhan Mandi posing as customers. After hacking him to death with a cleaver in his shop, they uploaded videos saying they were avenging an “insult” to Islam.

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