Maulana Kaifi Ali Rizvi from Bareilly, who was arrested by ATS on 21 October in connection with Kamlesh Tiwari murder case has been granted bail. He may be released today. As per reports, his bail was arranged for by the people from the dargah where he is associated.
Reportedly, the lawyer arguing for Rizvi said that the crimes he was accused of were bailable and hence he should be granted bail. Following this, magistrate Sudesh Kumar granted him a bail on two bonds of Rs 20,000 each.
According to the agencies, the last location of the two suspected killers was traced to Bareilly. It was reported that the killers, namely Ashfaq and Moinuddin, had visited the cleric in Bareilly after they killed Tiwari in Lucknow on October 18.
Tiwari, a former Hindu Mahasabha leader, was assassinated at his Lucknow office by Ashfaq and Moinuddin from Surat. The Uttar Pradesh police and Gujarat ATS sprung into action to blow the lid off a Surat-based Jihadi group that was indoctrinated by one of the accused who planned the murder, Maulana Mohsin Sheikh. Two other conspirators, Rashid Pathan and Faizan Sheikh have been arrested on late Tuesday evening from Surat in Gujarat in connection with the murder.
While Ashfaq and Moinuddin will be handed over to the UP Police for further investigation, the other three accused have already been sent to UP on transit remand.
Moinuddin, along with Ashfaq, was arrested by Gujarat ATS on October 22 from Gujarat-Rajasthan border after being on the run for four days. While Moinuddin worked as Zomato delivery boy, Ashfaq, second man arrested for the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari, worked as a medical representative in a pharma company. He had forged his colleague’s Aadhaar to pose as Rohit Solanki, a Hindu rights activist, to gain the trust of Tiwari.