Kamlesh Tiwari, Right Wing Leader and Appellant in the Ayodhya Case, Killed
According to reports, the attackers were wearing saffron clothes, and walked into his office on the pretext of gifting him with a box of sweets.
Kamlesh Tiwari, leader of the Hindu Samaj Party, former Hindu Mahasabha leader and self-proclaimed working president of the Akhil Bharat Hindhu Mahasabha, was killed today, inside his office in Lucknow.
Lucknow Police say that injury marks were found around Tiwari’s neck. The postmortem of the body is yet to be conducted.
First reports say that he was shot dead in broad daylight. According to reports, the attackers were wearing saffron clothes, and walked into his office on the pretext of gifting him with a box of sweets. The box contained a firearm, which they took out after having tea with the deceased, and began firing. Tiwari was taken to a trauma centre, but could not be saved. The assailants were allegedly within his office for about half an hour before the attack. Police have taken custody of CCTV footage from outside his office.
Kamlesh Tiwari formed the Hindu Samaj Party, a fringe right wing group, in January 2017. Prior to this, in 2015, he made headlines, when he made objectionable remarks against Prophet Muhammed. His remarks caused a huge uproar, and Muslims across India organised protests. He was also one of the appellants in the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya title suit case.
In response, an FIR was lodged against him under IPC Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between groups on ground of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).
He was subsequently arrested with the police invoking the National Security Act (NSA) against him. It was only in 2016 that the NSA order against him was quashed, by the Allahabad High Court.
Lucknow Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani said police teams have been formed to arrest the assailants.