Two Men Behead Udaipur Tailor In Nupur Case; Arrested After Brag Video

| Updated: 28 June, 2022 8:11 pm IST
The accused film the crime and later brandished blood-stained knives in a viral video.

NEW DELHI: Rajasthan Police arrested two Muslim men who beheaded a Hindu tailor in broad daylight over a social media post in support of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in Udaipur on Tuesday.

Acting swiftly, the police arrested Mohammed Rafiq and Abdul Jabbar from Rajsamand district within hours of the murder of Kanhaiya Lal in the afternoon.

“Both the accused in the murder of Udaipur man have been arrested from Rajsamand. The investigation in this case will be done under the Case Officer Scheme. Culprits will be punished by the court. I again appeal to all to maintain peace,” Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Twitter.

Posing as customers, both accused entered his shop that falls under Dhan Mandi police station in Udaipur city. While one of them slit Lal’s throat with a cleaver, another recorded the gory act and circulated it online.

In the viral video, the accused can be seen brandishing the blood-stained weapon and threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to police officials, the victim’s younger son had put up a post in support of the now-suspended BJP leader about 10 days ago. He had since been getting threats and had also filed a police complaint.

Sharma stoked a controversy with a remark against Prophet Mohammed last month. She was later suspended by the party.

Following Lal’s brutal killing, the local market was shut and several vehicles were set ablaze.

The Rajasthan government has suspended Internet services for 24 hours and also deployed additional force in the city.

Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind has condemned the killing, saying the act goes “against the religion of Islam”. It also called for peace.

CM Gehlot has appealed for peace and ensured strict action against the accused. “I condemn the heinous murder of a youth in Udaipur. Strict action will be taken against all the criminals involved in this incident. I appeal to everyone to maintain peace. Strictest punishment will be given to every person involved in the heinous crime,” he said.

Calling the killing “sad and shameful”, Gehlot said, “There is an atmosphere of tension in the country today. Why don’t the prime minister and (Union home minister) Amit Shah address the nation? The prime minister should address the public and say that such violence won’t be tolerated and he should appeal for peace.”

The killing has evoked a strong reaction from civil society and politicians across the political spectrum.

“I am deeply shocked by the heinous murder in Udaipur. Brutalism in the name of religion cannot be tolerated. Those who spread terror should be punished immediately. We all have to defeat hate together. I appeal to all, please maintain peace and brotherhood,” tweeted former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

Former Rajasthan CM and BJP stalwart Vasundhara Raje launched an attack on the state government, accusing it of supporting criminal elements.


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उदयपुर में एक निर्दोष युवक की दिन दहाड़े निर्मम हत्या से स्पष्ट हो गया है कि राज्य सरकार की शह के कारण अपराधियों के हौसले बुलंद है और प्रदेश में साम्प्रदायिक उन्माद व हिंसा की स्थिति उत्पन्न हो गई है। अपराधी इतने बैखोफ हैं कि उन्होंने प्रधानमंत्री जी को लेकर हिंसक बयान दिया है! घटना में लिप्त सभी अपराधियों की तुरंत गिरफ़्तारी हो और कड़ी सजा मिले। इस घटना के पीछे जिन लोगों का हाथ है,उन्हें भी राज्य सरकार बेनक़ाब कर गिरफ़्तार करे। #Udaipur #Rajasthan

Vasundhara Raje (@vasundhara_raje) 28 June 2022

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too condemned the brutal killing and said, “The violent incident of murder in Udaipur is beyond condemnation. The culprits should get the harshest punishment. The designs that spread hatred and violence in the name of religion are fatal for our country and society. Together we have to strengthen efforts for peace and non-violence.”

“The Udaipur incident is very horrifying and gruesome. Such dastardly acts have no place in a civilized society. We condemn this in the strongest terms. The perpetrators of this crime should be punished severely,” said Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.

Shupriay Shrinate, the chairperson of Congress Social Media department, called the accused “dreaded terrorists”.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav also condemned the incident and demanded the “strictest punishment” for the killers.

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