Police arrested two Muslim men for allegedly beheading the tailor on camera following his post in support of the former BJP official’s comments about the Prophet Muhammad.
Two Muslim men have been arrested in the Indian city of Udaipur in the western Indian state of Rajasthan for allegedly beheading a Hindu tailor for his online support for a former party official. ruling has Comments on the Prophet Muhammad sparked global protests.
Mobile internet services and mass gatherings remained restricted in Udaipur on Wednesday, a day after two men killed Hindu man, Kanhaiya Lal.
Lal was stabbed multiple times inside his tailor shop on Tuesday by two machete-wielding men who also filmed the attack. The duo accused Lal of blasphemy in the video.
The two later claimed responsibility for the murder in another video and allegedly threatened to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the same way.
Television reports showed video footage of Lal lying on the ground with a gash in his throat. Police said both suspects were arrested within hours of the incident.
“Both accused in the murder have been arrested and we will ensure severe punishment and swift justice,” Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan’s chief minister, said on Twitter.
Gehlot urged people to stay calm and not share the video as it would “serve the attackers’ motives for social discord”.
Asaduddin Owaisi, a member of parliament, condemned the “horrific” killing.
“People cannot hold the law in their own hands. That’s a horrible thing to do. It’s inhumane,” he told Al Jazeera.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, an Islamic religious organization, said the incident in Udaipur was “barbaric, uncivilized and has no place to justify violence in Islam”.
“We strongly condemn. No citizen should take the law into his own hands. Let the law apply,” the organization posted on Twitter.
Authorities rushed to add more police to Udaipur on Tuesday to combat any religious unrest.
India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has sent a team from the counter-terrorism agency to Rajasthan to investigate whether the killings are linked to terrorist groups. So far, state police have not charged the two men with terrorism.
In 2017, a Hindu man in Rajasthan brutally murdered a Muslim worker during a religious attack and shared a video of the victim being broken into to death and then set on fire.
According to local media, 10 days ago, Lal shared a social media post in support of Nupur Sharma, the suspended spokesman of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who made the offensive remarks. controversy about the Prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisha on a TV show in May.
Another BJP official, Naveen Kumar Jindal, backed Sharma’s claims and made more anti-Muslim remarks in his tweets, sparking outrage in India and many Muslim countries.
BJP, in damage control modeSharma suspended and expelled Jindal and issued a rare statement, saying it “respects all religions”.