Rajsamand (Rajasthan): The Rajasthan on Thursday arrested a man for allegedly attacking a labourer from West Bengal with an axe and burning him alive over alleged “love jihad”. The incident that took place in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, was caught on camera.
The video, circulated on WhatsApp, showed a man leading the victim, identified as Mohammed Afrazul, to a spot on Dev Heritage road in Rajnagar area and then attacking him with an axe from behind, an NDTV report said.
After the victim fell to the ground, the man looked into the camera and declared, in an inflammatory speech, that he killed Afrazul to save a woman from “love jihad”. He then poured petrol on him and burned him alive.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said the accused, identified as Shambhual Regar, was arrested on Thursday.
“It is shocking how he killed the man and made a video of it. Accused has been arrested and a special investigation team (SIT) has been set up for investigation in the case,” he said.
The incident came to light after Regar allegedly shared the video on WhatsApp on Wednesday.
A third person is believed to have filmed the incident, police said. The police on Thursday morning found a half-charred body, believed to be that of the victim, near Rajsamand.
“The half-charred body was found near Rajsamand… around 1 pm on Wednesday and the deceased was identified as Mohammad Afrazul. Later, a video of the murder went viral on social media,” said Ramsumer Meena, station house officer of Rajnagar Police Station was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her concern in this heinous act.
We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman. Sad
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 7, 2017