Indian cops nab Pakistani with knife to allegedly kill Nupur Sharma: ‘Poor terrorist can’t afford a gun’
Activists of the the Muslim non-governmental organisation Tamilnadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) hold placards during a protest against India’s Bharatiya Janata Party former spokeswoman Nupur Sharma over her remarks on the Prophet Mohammed, in Chennai on June 10, 2022. (Photo by Arun SANKAR / AFP) (Photo by ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)
A MAN from Pakistan was held on the Indian side of the border for allegedly plotting to kill Nupur Sharma, a now suspended leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for making controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad on a television debate in May.
Anand Sharma, the superintendent of police of Sriganganagar in the western Indian state of Rajasthan border Pakistan, told the media that the accused was identified as Rizwan Ashraf and the 24-year-old hails from Kuthiyal Shaikh in Pakistan. Two knives, one big and small, were recovered from his bag along with other essentials such as clothes and food besides some religious books.
“He said he came to India to take action against Nupur Sharma on her statements. He had no idea where she lives, he was only so religiously motivated that he crossed over,” Sharma was quoted as saying by reports. He though did not say who motivated Ashraf to come to India and fulfil the mission.
Ashraf was taken to five days of remand and a joint team of intelligence agencies was interrogated him.
Indian journalist Manish Shukla said in a tweet, “Rizwan Ashraf is a strong believer of Islam. His educational Qualification is Class 8th (till 5th from local school and from Madarsa till 8th).”
‘Could not afford a pistol’
Twitter was amused by the fact that the accused Pakistani national could not afford a gun to carry out his mission and had to depend on a knife.
Here is how they reacted: