Sunday, August 14, 2022

Tension in Rajasthan after murder of tailor over ‘insult to Islam’; prohibitory orders clamped

Two men with a cleaver murdered a tailor here and posted videos online that said they are avenging an insult to Islam, triggering stray cases of violence in the Rajasthan city, a part of which was placed under curfew.
Prohibitory orders banning people from assembling were clamped across the state for a month and mobile internet services suspended for the next 24 hours. Two motorcycles were set ablaze in Hathipole area and a mob pelted stones at a mosque in Dhan Mandi, before it was dispersed by police.
The Home Ministry dispatched a team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to Udaipur, officials said. Police arrested the two accused identified as Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad.
The assailants entered his shop in Dhan Mandi posing as customers. As the tailor took the measurements Akhtari attacked him with a cleaver, nearly severing his neck. The other man shot the brutal murder with his mobile phone.
In another video, the alleged assailant declared that they had “beheaded” the man and went on to threaten Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying their knife will get him as well. Kanhaiya Lal, the tailor, was recently arrested by the local police over some remarks made on social media by him.
A BJP leader said the victim feared for his life and had sought police protection, but the authorities did not act on his appeal.
Police sources said Akhtari works at a local mosque and the other assailant runs a grocery shop.
As the videos circulated on social media, tension escalated. Shopkeepers in local markets downed shutters and a mob pelted stones besides setting two motorcycles on fire.
On Twitter, CM Ashok Gehlot appealed for calm and asked people not to share the videos and assured that the guilty will not be spared.
Gehlot also said there is communal tension in the country and the prime minister should address the people. He said both Hindus and Muslims are worried.


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