Udaipur duo’s links with ISIS, Pak-based group, accuses police

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Two men who beheaded a tailor in Rajasthan’s Udaipur have links to militant outfit ISIS, police sources told India Today.

The police also said that one of the accused was a part of a conspiracy to carry out serial blasts in Jaipur on 30 March.

Quoting the National Investigation Agency (NIA) sources, India Today reported that both arrested accused will be brought to Delhi for interrogation and their mobile and electronic devices will be sent for forensic examination. “Investigating agencies suspect that the accused had taken inspiration from the videos of ISIS to carry out the murder,” the NIA sources said.

The NIA team is taking help from cyber and forensic teams to get the details related to social media, including posts and chats, of both the accused.

On Today, a tailor was murdered in broad daylight in Udaipur, sparking tensions in the city. The shopkeeper, named Kanhaiya Lal, was murdered by two men who chopped his head off and later recorded a video admitting to killing the man over a social media post in support of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

The police arrested the two accused in the Bheem area of Rajsamand district on Tuesday night. The accused were caught while they were trying to flee.

The Centre on Wednesday directed the NIA to take over the probe. The Ministry of Home Affairs had rushed a four-member team on Tuesday night after a preliminary probe suggested that the two accused, arrested by the Rajasthan Police, were influenced by ISIS.

The NIA is carrying out a probe. A senior police officer told reporters, as per the report of BBC, that the police had found early evidence that one of the accused men had links with a group in Pakistan.

As per the report, Islamabad has denied such reports, calling them “mischievous”

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