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Udaipur tailor beheading: Both accused arrested, curfew imposed, NIA likely to take over probe

In a video clip, Akhtari declared that they had “beheaded” the man and went on to threaten Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying their knife will get him as well.

Manish Bhattacharya Reported by: Manish Bhattacharya New Delhi Updated on: June 29, 2022 0:18 IST
Udaipur tailor beheading
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Accused who brutally murdered a tailor in Udaipur over social media post supporting Nupur Sharma.

Highlights

  • A tailor was beheaded in Udaipur for putting a social media post in favour of Nupur Sharma
  • The accused used shard-edged weapons to murder the shopkeeper
  • Both the accused also filmed the crime and shared it on social media

Udaipur Tailor Beheaded: A shopkeeper in Rajasthan's Udaipur was brutally murdered by two people belonging to a particular community over a social media post in support of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

According to reports, two persons with sharp-edged weapons went to a shop in Udaipur and brutally murdered the shopkeeper in broad daylight. Both the accused have been arrested from the Rajsamand area in Rajasthan.

Reports say that the accused came to a tailor's shop on the pretext of giving measurements for clothes and then brutally killed the shopkeeper. The victim has been identified as Kanhaiyalal.

Accused filmed the crime

The accused murderers not only brutally beheaded the tailor but also filmed the entire crime.

The incident happened around 2:30 pm on Monday when a person named Riyaz along with one another arrived on a motorcycle.

In a video clip, Akhtari declared that they had “beheaded” the man and went on to threaten Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying their knife will get him as well.

Indirectly, the assailants also referred to Nupur Sharma, the BJP leader suspended from the party over a remark on Prophet Mohammad.

The victim used to run a tailor shop named 'Supreme Tailors' in Udaipur's Dhan Mandi area of Bhoot Mahal.

NIA to probe brutal murder

An NIA team comprising of 5 officers has been constituted to interrogate both the accused. The team will also visit the crime scene today. 

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot condemns incident

Speaking on the matter, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, "It is a very sad incident. It is not a small incident, what has happened is beyond one's imagination. The culprits will not be spared."

"It's a sad & shameful incident. There's a tense atmosphere in the nation today. Why don't PM & Amit Shah ji address the nation? There is tension among people. PM should address the public & say that such violence won't be tolerated & appeal for peace," Ashok Gehlot further said.

Internet services suspended, curfew imposed 

Internet services have been temporarily suspended for the next 24 hours in Udaipur district following the murder of a tailor, authorities said. Also, prohibitory orders, suspension of mobile internet service have been imposed across Rajasthan, chief secretary said.

At 8 pm, curfew was declared till further orders in seven police station areas of Udaipur city.

Two motorcycles were set ablaze in Hathipole area and a mob pelted stones at a mosque in Dhan Mandi, before it was dispersed by police.

The relatives told that Kanhaiyalal was a resident of Govardhan Vilas area. Around 10 days ago, he posted a social media post in favour of ex-BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

Ever since then, people from a particular community were threatening to kill him.

Kanhaiyalal informed police earlier, no action was taken

Kanhaiyalal was troubled by the constant threats and he even informed police about the same. The victim didn't even open his shop for the past 6 days.

Reports say the police didn't take any serious action regarding this and asked the tailor to remain for a few days.

Following the murder, local markets in the area were shut as the traders demanded that the accused be arrested.

A four-member police SIT headed by Ashok Rathore, the additional director general of the Special Operations Group, has been asked to probe the case. Praful Kumar, inspector general of the Anti Terror Squad, is also part of the team.

BJP state chief Satish Poonia targeted the Congress government in Rajasthan, saying that the murder was the result of its “appeasement policy”.

He said those seen in the video had threatened the victim on June 17.

“The victim had asked for security but it was not given by the police,” he claimed, adding that this indicated the apathy of the state's Congress government. The state unit of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) made the same claim.

(With inputs from PTI)

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