Rajasthan 'love jihad' murder: Kin of labourer who was hacked, set ablaze demands justice
By IANS | Published: 07th December 2017 02:12 PM |
JAIPUR: In a horrifying video going viral, a man is seen being burnt alive in Rajasamand district of Rajasthan, for allegedly committing "love jihad". Police arrested the alleged perpetrator of the crime, Shambunath Raigar, on Thursday.
According to SP Manoj Kumar, the person killed has been identified as Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh. Interrogation of the accused is on, he added.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has ordered a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case.
Meanwhile, police are keeping an eye on the law and order situation in the state.
Initially, Raigar made a video of his brutal act and it was uploaded on social media. The video went viral when the police were conducting their investigations.
The video shows the perpetrator hitting the man with an agricultural tool, and then pouring kerosene on his body and burning him alive. Raigar is seen warning that those indulging in 'love jihad' will meet the same fate.
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In another video, which is also going viral, Raigar is seen justifying the act as an endeavour to save a girl from 'love jihad'.
Speaking to IANS, SP Manoj Kumar said the police received information about a semi-burnt body lying in Ragnagar in Rajsamand district.
Without delay, he along with ASP Manish Tripathi and DSP Rajendra Singh reached the location where they found a badly disfigured body. Immediately the forensics team and dog squad were summoned. The agricultural tool used for murder, the victim's motorbike and his slippers were found at the crime scene.
"The video is gut-wrenching. Strict action will be taken against him (the perpetrator) once caught. Despite knowing the consequences, he made the video viral," Home Minister Kataria told ANI.
Meanwhile, Afrazul's mother while speaking with news agency ANI said, "I spoke to my son in the morning before he was killed. I don't know the reason behind his murder. I have seen the video, guilty should be punished.
According to a report in the Indian Express, Afrazul who has been working as an unskilled labourer in Rajasthan for the last 12 years was supposed to go home later this month to make arrangements for his youngest daughter's wedding.
“We want those who killed my husband so brutally and showed it to the world be hanged. I want Insaaf (justice). He was only killed because he was a Muslim. Yesterday, at around 3 pm, we received a call from Rajasthan Police and were told that my husband has been murdered,” said Gul Bahar Bibi, speaking to The Indian Express over the phone.