Hindu Samaj Party leader Kamlesh Tiwari was stabbed 15 times centred between his jaws and chest and was shot in the head, the autopsy report has revealed.

Two deep cut marks on the neck, seen as an attempt to slit his throat, were found. A bullet was found on the backside of Tiwari’s skull while the postmortem was being conducted.

“Two deep cut marks were found on his neck and the stabbing was centred between jaws and chest. The wounds were inflicted within 10 centimetres of one another,” the report said.

Former Hindu Mahasabha leader Tiwari was murdered on Friday at his home in Lucknow the assailants brought sweets and spent over half an hour with him.

Reportedly, the same sweet box was used to carry the weapons — a pistol and a knife — to kill Kamlesh Tiwari.

When they entered his house, they attacked him and left him critically injured. He succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

UP Police has termed the murder as a fallout of “communal hate”.

Tiwari had earlier made highly controversial remarks involving Prophet Muhammad. He was arrested and the National Security Act (NSA) was slapped on him. Later the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court revoked the NSA against him.

Two main accused, Ashfaq Hussain (34) and Moinuddin Pathan (27), were arrested on Tuesday. The two, who were from Surat in Gujarat, were arrested by Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from the Gujarat-Rajasthan border.

Six persons, including three from Surat and one from Nagpur in Maharashtra, have already been taken into custody in connection with the murder case.

Within 24 hours of the murder, three people were arrested in a joint operation by Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat Police.

During the initial interrogation, three of the accused have accepted that they were involved in the murder of Kamlesh Tiwari and that the trio is linked to the case in some manner.

The three were identified as Maulana Mohsin Sheikh (24) Rasheed Ahmed Pathan (23) and Faizan (21).

Meanwhile, the three alleged conspirators in right-wing leader’s murder were sent to 14-day judicial custody.