Udaipur Murder: Rajasthan Government Suspends Top Cop for Negligence

The suspension of ASP Ashok Meena follows the brutal murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Rajasthan's Udaipur.

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The Rajasthan government, on Friday, 30 June, suspended Udaipur Additional Superintendent of Police, Ashok Meena.

The suspension comes days after the brutal murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in the city. However, the suspension order issued by the Joint Secretary (Police) does not mention a reason for the decision.

This decision also comes after Rajasthan Police suspended an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) and a station house officer (SHO) stationed at Dhan Mandi, Udaipur on grounds of negligence.

Kanhaiya Lal had reportedly received threats, and had also complained and sought police protection, before he was brutally murdered on Tuesday, 28 June.

What Happened in Udaipur?

On 28 June, Kanhaiya Lal was killed by two men who claimed they did it over a social media post in which Lal had allegedly supported former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma's remarks against Prophet Muhammad.

On 28 June, a video of the brutal act started circulating on social media. The accused persons also made another video in which they threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two persons accused of the murder, Mohammad Riyaz Akhtari, and Gaus Mohammad, were arrested on the same day.

They were charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and sent to 14-day judicial custody.

The case is being investigated by a six to ten-member NIA team, under the supervision of officers in the ranks of inspector general and deputy inspector general.

(Written with inputs from PTI.)

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