India’s Udaipur on alert after Hindu tailor beheading

Jun 29, 2022: The murder of a Hindu man in the northern Indian city of Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan has sparked religious tensions in the area.

Following the incident, two Muslim men have been arrested in India’s Udaipur city in the western state of Rajasthan for allegedly beheading a Hindu tailor over his support online for a former ruling party official whose remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) sparked global protests.

Mobile internet services and large gatherings remained restricted in Udaipur on Wednesday, a day after the two men killed the Hindu man, Kanhaiya Lal.

Lal was stabbed multiple times inside his tailoring shop on Tuesday by the two cleaver-wielding men who also filmed the attack. The duo accused Lal of blasphemy in the video.

The two men later claimed responsibility for the killing in another video and allegedly threatened to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the same manner.

Asaduddin Owaisi, a member of parliament, condemned the “horrible” murder.

According to Al Jazeera, authorities rushed additional police into Udaipur on Tuesday to counter any religious unrest.

India’s home ministry has dispatched a team of its anti-terror agency to Rajasthan to investigate whether the killing had any links to terrorist groups. So far, the state police have not charged the two arrested men with terrorism.

In 2017, a Hindu man in Rajasthan brutally killed a Muslim labourer in a religious attack and shared a video of the victim being hacked to death and then set on fire.

According to local media, Lal had shared a social media post 10 days ago supporting Nupur Sharma, the suspended spokeswoman for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who made controversial remarks on the Prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisha on a TV show in May.

Another BJP official, Naveen Kumar Jindal, supported Sharma’s statements and made more anti-Islam remarks in his tweets, sparking a furore in India and many muslim nations.

The BJP, thereafter suspended Sharma, expelled Jindal and issued a rare statement, saying it “respects all religions”.

The controversy led to nationwide protests in India which turned violent in some places. At least 2 people were killed and many houses of Muslims were bulldozed.

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