'Love Triangle', Not'Love-Jihad' Behind Brutal Murder of Man in Rajasthan?

Pauline Gross
December 10, 2017

Afrazul was brutally killed in Rajasthan and a video of his killing was circulated on social media.

A Youtube clip shows the accused leading the Muslim man to a secluded spot and attacking him with a weapon.

A day after the arrest of Shambhulal Raigar - who hacked a fifty-year-old man and then set the man ablaze - by Rajsamand police, Raigar was produced before a court amid high police deployment for security on Friday. The culprit lights Ifrazul's body on fire, but not before he launched a diatribe against what he termed "love jihad".

Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria condemned the incident and said that the investigation has been handed over to the Special Investigation Team. The family also suspects larger conspiracy behind this murder.

In a second video, a man named Shambhu Nath Raigar is seen hitting the victim and saying that those who indulge in "love jihad" will be treated in the same way, said an India Today report.

A RSS-affiliated group recently announced its plan to marry off Muslim girls to Hindu men as part of its "beti bachao, bahu laao" (save daughters, bring daughters-in-law) campaign to counter "love jihad".

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Other demands include the immediate arrest of all the killers and attackers in hate crimes cases in Rajasthan and the provision of absolute security to all the Muslims in the state.

Afrazul'S family members said they did not know why he was killed. Earlier, police had identified him as Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh.

Mander said that people do not feel that reported cases are held to any sort of accountability.

"We are going to see more and more of this kind of hate, I am afraid", he added.

Police are interrogating the accused, according to Rajsamand Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar. "RSS-BJP answerable for such shocking hate crimes". Last month, another dairy farmer in the state, Umar Mohammed, was shot dead allegedly by Hindu cow vigilantes.

Other reports by GizPress

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