In a recent development in the investigation of murder of Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari, the Uttar Pradesh Special Investigation Team (SIT) is closing in on the killers. The Special Task Force (STF) which is working in close coordination with other agencies has seized the Innova car that the assailants had booked for travel from Palia in Lakhimpur to Shahjahanpur.

As per the sources, the driver of the car during interrogation revealed that the car was booked by a relative of the owner from Gujarat for Rs 5,000.

In the car, the assailants traveled from Lakhimpur to Shahjahanpur where in a CCTV camera they were seen walking towards the bus stand early on Monday.

On Monday, SIT raided several hotels and lodges in search of two but could not find them. Searches are being carried out and all the entry and exit points have been alerted.

Yesterday, police had announced a bounty of Rs 2.5 lakh each on two accused. Police has also issued sketches of the accused.

“It is believed that the assailants may try to go to Nepal and we are taking all steps to prevent them from moving out. They may be still hiding in Shahjahanpur,” said a STF official.

UP Police has also interrogated 28-year-old Feroz, a resident of Sherpur village in neighboring Pilibhit district. He allegedly has links with Rashid one of the four accused in the Hindu leader murder case.

On October 18, attackers walked into Tiwari’s Lucknow office in Khurshid Bagh area on pretext of handing over a box of sweets, in which he was carrying a gun, which he used to shot dead Tiwari.

The former Hindu Mahasabha leader, had formed the Hindu Samaj in January 2017.