Pharmacist's killing: 7 accused sent to NIA custody

One-liner: A special court in Mumbai on Thursday remanded seven persons in the custody of the National Investigation Agency till July 15.

Supported Sharma: They were arrested in connection with the killing of an Amravati-based pharmacist who had supported Nupur Sharma.

  • Umesh Kolhe, who ran a medical shop in Amravati, was killed on the night of June 21 while returning home 

Sharing of post: Police, who probed the case initially, claimed that Kolhe was killed for sharing a post supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma in WhatsApp groups.

NIA probe: The NIA, which has taken over the probe now,  produced the accused before a special judge for NIA cases and sought their 15-day custody.

Evidence: There was evidence against the accused suggesting that they were involved in terrorist activities, the federal probe agency said.

Remanded: But the court, after hearing arguments, remanded the accused in NIA custody for eight days.

Source: PTI