The National Investigation Agency (NIA) searched nine locations in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district on Tuesday in connection with the death of tailor Kanhaiya Lal last month, according to officials. “Digital devices (mobile phones, laptops, and SIM cards) and other incriminating materials were seized during searches conducted today at the homes of the accused and suspects in the case. Further investigations into the case are being conducted “According to an NIA spokesperson.
On June 28, Kanhaiya Lal (48) was murdered with a cleaver inside his tailoring shop.
The heinous attack on the tailor by Riaz Akhtari, also known as Riyaz Attari, was videotaped by his accomplice Ghouse Mohammad and posted online.
In a later video, they claimed that they hacked Lal to death to avenge an alleged insult to Islam.
They were apprehended within hours of the murder.
Security agencies apprehended two more people, identified as Mohsin and Asif, who are alleged to be part of a conspiracy to spread terror among the general public, in addition to the two against whom the evidence is their self-shot video.
Two more people, Mohammed Mohsin and Wasim, were arrested later for allegedly being part of the criminal conspiracy and assisting the two main accused in conducting a reconnaissance of the tailor’s shop.
Farhad Mohammad Sheikh, the seventh accused, was the last man arrested in the case.
The investigation agencies claimed that they discovered several Pakistani numbers on the accused’s WhatsApp accounts and that one of the accused was a member of some secret groups ostensibly for objectionable activities.
After taking over the case from the Rajasthan Police, the NIA re-registered it on June 29 under the anti-terror Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The case was initially filed at Udaipur’s Dhanmandi police station.