The heinous murder of Udaipur-based tailor Kanhaiya Lal Teli shocked the nation, and now, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has made startling allegations linking the accused killers to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
The case has taken a political turn as Gehlot claims that the individuals behind Kanhaiya Lal’s murder had affiliations with the BJP. He also suggested that BJP leaders had intervened to secure their release after a prior arrest in a different case.
Ashok Gehlot did not mince words when he asserted that the culprits responsible for Kanhaiya Lal’s murder had ties to the BJP. He revealed that these accused individuals had been taken into custody by the police for a separate offense shortly before the tragic murder. To make matters more controversial, Gehlot alleged that certain BJP leaders visited the police station to secure their release, raising questions about the connection between the accused and the political party.
Gehlot’s statements came in the midst of the build-up to the November 25 assembly elections in Rajasthan. He accused the BJP of attempting to ignite communal tensions as part of their election strategy. These accusations and counter-accusations between the ruling Congress party and the BJP have added a political dimension to the tragic murder case.
The situation intensified when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during an election rally near Udaipur, suggested that the Congress sympathized with terrorists in reference to Kanhaiya Lal’s brutal killing. This comment further fueled the political debate surrounding the case.
CM Gehlot’s Response:
Ashok Gehlot fired back at PM Modi’s remarks, implying that the BJP was resorting to unusual claims because they sensed defeat in the upcoming elections. Gehlot criticized the BJP for not focusing on their government’s policies and laws but instead choosing to create controversies in the lead-up to the elections.
The investigation into Kanhaiya Lal’s murder also raised concerns. Gehlot expressed doubts about the National Investigation Agency (NIA) handling the case, suggesting that the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police would have been a more suitable choice. He believed that the SOG would have led the case to a “logical conclusion” by now, and he questioned the actions taken by the NIA.