FIRs for supporting Nupur: Murder, killing bid, 4 riots and 5 cases of issuing threats
Seven FIRs and four non-cognisable (NC) complaints have been registered across Maharashtra on charges of murder, attempt to murder, rioting, assault, abuse and issuing threats, as 11 people posted on social media in support of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who had made derogatory comments against the Prophet, leading to her suspension from the party.
In all, 40 people have been arrested in the state.
Among the 11 cases, the murder case was registered by City Kotwali police station in Amravati, where victim Umesh Kolhe, a chemist, was stabbed in the neck by three bike-borne men on the night of June 21 because he had circulated a post on WhatsApp supporting Sharma.
Seven men, including mastermind Irfan Khan (35), convener of registered NGO Rahebar helpline, have been arrested. The case is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency. A NC was also registered at the same police station by a cellphone shopowner for being threatened for circulating a post on WhatsApp supporting Sharma.
Prior to the murder, six FIRs and a NC have been registered against people for supporting Sharma.
At Gangapur police station in Aurangabad rural, a case of riot and attempt to murder was registered on June 11, following a complaint filed by a 24-year-old waiter who had posted a WhatsApp status in support of Sharma. Twelve people have been arrested in the case.
The man has alleged that on June 10, he was sitting outside his home with his family members when a mob of 15 people threatened him to remove the status and manhandled him. Later at night, the same mob again ambushed and assaulted him. An attempt was also made to slit his throat with a paper cutter, the man, who had suffered head injuries, has alleged.
On June 14, 4 persons were arrested by the Ajintha police station in Aurangabad rural in a case of riot and issuing threats. The complainant runs a saloon and had uploaded a Facebook post in support of Sharma. A mob of around 10-15 people known to him allegedly pelted stones on his shop. “One of my friends called and threatened me, asking me to remove the post and not inform the police,” he has told the police.
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