Udaipur Murder: According to people familiar with the investigation, the two self-radicalized murderers had ties to the extremist Dawat-e-Islami organisation in Karachi, which is connected to the Barelvi Tehreek-e-Labbaik group in Pakistan. This was revealed as a result of the investigation into the brutal murder in Udaipur.
Riyaz Attari, 38, of Bhilwara, and Ghous Mohammed, 39, of Udaipur, beheaded tailor Kanhaiya Lal on Tuesday with knives for endorsing former BJP politician Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet Mohammed. The knives were made for butchering by Attari, a welder, long before the Prophet’s comments controversy.
After killing a tailor in Udaipur for allegedly advocating blasphemy and heading to record another video at the Ajmer Sharif shrine, the two suspects were detained by the Rajasthan Police in Rajsamand. Within their WhatsApp group, the two Islamists had already shared the murder footage, which quickly went viral following the heinous incident. The two extremely radicalised Islamists even made threats against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the murder video.
The two suspects were interrogated, and it was discovered that they belonged to the Sufi-Barelvi branch of Sunni Islam and had strong ties to Dawat-e-Islami in Karachi. Although the two were self-radicalized, counter-terrorism officials are attempting to determine whether they had any connections to other extremist Sunni groups in India, especially those with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The two have been detained under the UAPA, and the National Investigation Agency has been given the case (NIA).
Dawat-e-Islami, founded in Karachi, seeks to promote Shariah over the world by disseminating the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah. It has a sizable following in Pakistan and is dedicated to defending the Islamic Republic’s blasphemy law.
The brutal murder in Udaipur has raised concerns within the domestic security establishment because rising Islamic radicalization in India is evident from the crime, and neighbouring nations like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are powerless to stop the spread of political Islam in the Indian subcontinent.
While the government has chosen to take a tough approach against the country’s growing radicalization, it also believes in arming moderate Muslims who do not take the law into their own hands. The Home Ministry is also closely investigating the crime in Udaipur to determine whether the suspects had any ties to the radical Popular Front of India (PFI) movement.
In India, the formerly Kerala-based PFI has grown quickly and is now present throughout the entire nation under the banner of the Sunni revivalist movement.
Source – hindustantimes