Murder of Amravati chemist: Nobody deserves to die for social media post, ensure maximum punishment, says victim’s kin
A steady stream of visitors, including members of right-wing groups and politicians, among others, made their way to the residence of Umesh Kolhe — the 54-year-old chemist from Amravati who was murdered, allegedly over a social media post– on Sunday.
As they received condolences from the visitors, Kolhe’s family members also patiently answered a volley of questions from mediapersons.
“He was a good human being. He worked 12 hours a day. I was shocked to hear about his death,” said Dr Kishore Chitore, who runs a medical store near Kolhe’s shop.
Kolhe was stabbed to death on June 21, while he was on his way back home from his shop. Police have arrested seven persons in connection with the murder, who allegedly killed him because of Kolhe’s support for suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who had made derogatory comments about the Prophet.
Kolhe is survived by his wife, son, daughter-in-law and two brothers.
His brother Mahesh Kolhe (48) said, “No one deserves to be murdered for a social media post. The entire family has been hurt by this. Umesh was a key member of the family who kept us together. MP Navneet Rana met us and we told her we have only one request. Fast-track the case and ensure maximum punishment is given to all the accused.”
“We lost our father last year to Mucormycosis, and now Umesh has left us,” added Mahesh.
Kolhe’s son Sanket (27), an engineer who has been provided police protection after the murder, said the family was also facing financial issues. “We are facing a lot of problems. One of them is to clear a loan of over Rs 1 crore in the next seven years. I have a lot to think about now,” he said.
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