In June, Teli was beheaded by two Muslim men inside his shop in Udaipur for supporting BJP leader Nupur Sharma over her controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad.
India’s top anti-terror agency has charge-sheeted 11 people, including two Pakistani nationals in connection with the brutal murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal Teli in June this year.
On June 28, Teli was beheaded by two Muslim men inside his shop in Udaipur for supporting BJP leader Nupur Sharma over her remarks on Prophet Muhammad that were seen as objectionable. The butchers posted a video of the killing and later another video taking responsibility on Facebook.
He has allegedly put up a post in support of Sharma.
In its chargesheet filed before a special court, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has described the incident as an “act of terror” and killers as part of a “terror gang module”. The agency said that the accused conspired to take revenge for supporting Sharma.
“The accused were radicalized and took inspiration from incriminating audios or videos or messages being circulated from within and outside India,” the NIA said, adding that the video was circulated on social media to create panic and terror in India.
The chargesheet said: “They made a video of the killing, released and made it viral. They also shot another threatening video with the intention of striking terror among the people of India.”
Both killers were arrested following a massive hunt by Rajasthan Police within hours. A case was registered by the police and the NIA on June 29.
In its chargesheet, the NIA has named Mohammad Riyaz Attari and Mohammad Gos, the killers, Mohsin Khan aka Bhai, Asif Hussain, Mohammad Mohsin, Vasim Ali, Farhad Mohammad Sheikh, Mohammed Javed – all residents of Udaipur along with Muslim Khan of Pratapgarh.
Two Pakistani nationals based in Karachi, Salman and Abu Ibrahim, have also been charged under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Arms Act.
The beheading had sparked public outrage across the country. Soon after committing the crime, the two accused posted a video on social media boasting about the “beheading” and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the Rajasthan Police, the killers were in touch with the Pakistan-based organisation Dawat-e-Islami and one of them had also gone to Karachi in 2014 to meet its office bearers.
Days before the murder, Teli had filed a complaint with the police about getting threats from radical elements.