Former Hindu Mahasabha leader and the founder of Hindu Samaj Party Kamlesh Tiwari has been killed by unknown assailants at his residence in Lucknow. As per reports, he had been shot at and also had his throat slit.
As per reports, the incident happened in the Naka area in Lucknow. Tiwari was reportedly at his Khurshid Bag office of Hindu Samaj Party when two unidentified assailants entered the premises. Police have stated that one of the murderers was wearing saffron clothes.
police have also recovered a revolver from the crime scene. After an initial investigation, they have stated that it is possible that the murderers were known to Tiwari.
As per reports, the two persons who had come to meet Tiwari had sneaked in weapons inside a packet of sweets. They attacked Tiwari with the weapons and hurried away. Tiwari was immediately taken to the trauma centre where he was declared dead.
Kamlesh Tiwari was arrested by the then Akhilesh Yadav government for his remarks against Prophet Mohammad’s sexuality in 2015. Muslim groups in Deoband, Saharanpur and West Bengal had launched massive riots and protests demanding Tiwari’s death.
Tiwari had remained in jail or over a year after the National Security Act was slapped on him. In September 2016, the Allahabad HC had finally quashed the NSA charges against him and he was released later. The arrest and subsequent charges on Kamlesh Tiwari over remarks against Prophet Muhammad had caused an outrage in the nation, especially among Hindu groups.
In Kaliachak, Malda, West Bengal, Muslims had engaged in rampant violence and riots while ‘protesting’ against Tiwari’s remarks. Over 2.5 lakh Muslims had gathered in Kaliachak and had looted shops, burnt buses and had set fire to a police station to express their anger over Tiwari’s remarks. Tiwari had stated that Prophet Mohammad was the first homosexual in the world.
Tiwari’s remarks had come after SP leader Azam Khan’s statement that RSS members are homosexuals.