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Muslim spiritual guru from Afghanistan shot dead in Nashik

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A 35-year-old muslim religious leader hailing from Afghanistan was shot dead by a group of four unidentified persons in the Yeola town of Maharashtra’s Nashik district on Tuesday, the police said.

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A possible motive behind the murder was not immediately known. The incident took place in the evening, at an open plot in the MIDC area of the Yeola town, around 200km from Mumbai, the police said.

The deceased, identified as Khawaja Sayyad Chishti, was popularly known as ‘Sufi Baba’ in Yeola, an official said. He was shot with a firearm in the forehead by the attackers, following which he died on the spot, an official said.

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After killing Sufi Baba, a citizen of Afghanistan, the assailants seized an SUV used by him and fled the spot, he said. An offence of murder was registered at the Yeola police station and a hunt was on to nab the killers, an official said.

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Nashik police on Wednesday detained one person in connection to the murder of an Afghan refugee and Muslim religious leader who was popularly known as ‘Sufi Baba’, officials said.

Nashik Superintendent of Police Sachin Patil said, “Chishty was living in Nashik district for the past four years and was running a Youtube channel about religious discourse. He also offered religious services. We suspect he was murdered by his driver and other accomplices in the vehicle”

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