December 7, 2017
Internet has been suspended in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand to stop the circulation of two video clips that were posted on WhatsApp, allegedly by the killer. State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria says the accused man, identified as Shambhu Lal, has been arrested.
In a horrific video that is viral, a man in Rajasthan hacks another man to death and burns the body while keeping up an inflammatory communal rant warning against “love jihad”, the term used by right-wing groups who accuse Muslim men of drawing Hindu women into relationships and converting them.
Internet has been suspended in Rajsamand to stop the circulation of two video clips that were posted on WhatsApp, allegedly by the killer. State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria says the accused man, identified as Shambhu Lal, has been arrested.
The police believe a half-burnt body they found this morning near a road in Rajsamand could be that of the victim in the video – 45-year-old Ifrazul, a daily wage labourer from West Bengal.
In one of two clips posted online, Shambhu Lal, in a red shirt and white trousers, is seen leading Afrazul to a spot. The police say the labourer may have been led to believe he was there for a job.
Shambhu Lal follows him and suddenly attacks him repeatedly with a weapon. Loud wailing and screams for help are heard as the video becomes increasingly difficult to watch.
When the victim falls silent, Shambhu Lal looks into the camera and launches into a deranged hate speech, declaring that he killed to save a woman from “love jihad”. He pours petrol on the prone figure and sets it on fire.
“If I have to die, I will kill some and die,” he says, making references to Ayodhya, the “Padmavati” film controversy and the Hindi film PK, which featured a romance between an Indian and a Pakistani. Apparently taking about interfaith relationships, he threatens to “find each one of them and kill.”
The police believe a third person may have filmed the murder.
The administration is watching out for any trouble in Rajsamand, a district around five hours from state capital Jaipur.
“It is shocking how he killed the man and made a video of it. The accused has been arrested and a special investigation team (SIT) has been set up…Any person will be disturbed by the video,” Home Minister Kataria said.
Senior police officers have been sent to Rajsamand to prevent any flare-up.
The opposition Congress said the murder on video proves there is no governance in Rajasthan.
“There is no fear of law here, no fear of police… there is no government,” said Congress leader Sachin Pilot, adding, “We must set an example where people must fear that there is a government that will set certain rules.”