The murder of a tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, has sparked tensions in Udaipur. The horrific murder is being treated as a terror incident and large gatherings across Rajasthan have been banned for a month to maintain law and order
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Both killers – Gos Mohammad and Riyaz Akhtari – have been arrested and a special investigation team (SIT) has been asked to investigate the incident.
Gos Mohammad and Riyaz Akhtari had entered Kanhaiya Lal’s shop and pretended to be customers. A video shot by them shows how the tailor measures one of the men, who then slits his throat with a cleaver. Police said they first tried to behead the tailor, but were unsuccessful.
In another video, we see the killers gloating over the murder and threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi while brandishing their cleaver.
The center is treating the murder as a terror incident and a National Investigation Agency team has been sent to Udaipur after preliminary information suggested the killers may have ties to ISIS, officials said.
About 600 additional troops have been deployed in the city to prevent any untoward incident. A curfew was imposed in parts of Udaipur last night after stray violence was reported from some areas.
Kanhaiya Lal had taken to social media to express support for former BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma, whose controversial remarks about the Prophet Muhammad had sparked a huge controversy at home and abroad.
He was recently arrested after a social media post in support of Nupur Sharma. On June 15, while on bail, he told police he received threats.
The officials then called both parties to the police station and the matter was resolved. Police say they are investigating the role of community leaders who intervened in the case.
An assistant sub-inspector at Dhan Mandi Police Station in Udaipur, where the tailor had expressed concern about the threats, has been suspended for negligence, officials said.
The state government has announced compensation of Rs 50 lakh for Kanhaiya Lal’s relatives. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in a series of tweets urged citizens to keep the peace and ensured swift and strict action against the killers. Several politicians including Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor, Arvind Kejriwal and Anurag Thakur have condemned the incident.