The Gujarat ATS on Tuesday arrested two men wanted in connection with the murder of Hindutva leader Kamlesh Tiwari, said officials.
The accused, Surat residents Ashfaq Shaikh (34) and Moinuddin Pathan (27), were absconding since the brutal killing of the Hindu Samaj Party leader in Lucknow on October 18, they said here in Ahmedabad.
Tiwari's post-mortem report on Wednesday revealed that he was stabbed 15 times and shot once in his head.
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. A bullet was also found on the backside of Tiwari's skull.
The two accused--Shaikh and Pathan--were arrested from near Shamlaji located near the Gujarat-Rajasthan border when they were about to enter Gujarat on Tuesday evening, said Himanshu Shukla, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
Their location was traced through technical surveillance as they contacted their family members and friends after the duo ran out of cash, he said.
The duo was handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police probing the sensational killing of Tiwari, who headed a little known outfit, Hindu Samaj Party (HSP).
Afterwards, they were produced before an Ahmedabad court, which granted the UP Police team their 72-hour transit remand of the two accused.
A transit remand is granted when the accused is to be produced before a court in another city.
Tiwari (45), who was earlier associated with a faction of the Hindu Mahasabha, was killed on October 18 at his home in Naka Hindola area in Lucknow.
Six persons, including three from Surat and one from Nagpur in Maharashtra, have already been taken into custody in connection with the murder case.