The assailants should be hanged, says family of labourer hacked to death in Rajasthan
The family members of Mohammad Afrazul, who was hacked to death in Rajasthanâs Rajsamand town on Wednesday, said his assailants should be hanged, reported The Indian Express. Afrazul was killed and burnt alive, and a video of the attack was circulated on social media.
âThose who killed him like an animal and showed his pictures to the world should be hanged,â said his family members in West Bengalâs Malda disrict. Afrazulâs wife Gul Bahar Bibi said she wants justice. âHe was only killed because he was a Muslim,â she told The Indian Express.
The assailant, identified as Shambhulal Regar, had shared multiple videos of the killing. The Rajasthan Police arrested Regar and detained his nephew. Inspector General of Police (Udaipur) Anand Shrivastava said that Regarâs nephew, a minor, had shot the videos of the gruesome murder. < /p>
While the police are uncertain about the motive behind the murder, there could be a communal angle to the crime as Regar is heard making threats about âlove jihadâ in one of the three videos that went viral. One of Afrazulâs three daughters said they have no idea what âlove jihadâ is.
Afrazulâs niece Zeenat Khan, on the other hand, cried foul. âThere is a conspiracy and big people are involved,â she told The Indian Express. âWhat can a labourer do? The manner in which the crime is highlighted on social media shows that there is a deep conspiracy and big people are involved.â
Rights groups say CM and home minister must resign
Several rights groups on Thursday demanded that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria resign for allegedly giving impunity to those accused of attacking Muslims, reported the Hindustan Times.
Organisations like the Peoplesâ Union for Civil Liberties, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, National Federation of Indian Women, All India Democratic Womenâs Association and National Muslim Women Welfare Society issued a joint statement condemning the brutal killing of Afrazul. âAlthough the police have arrested the murderer Shambhu Lal Regar and the nephew who had shot the video, but it is important to reach the people who motivated him to carry out this murder,â read the joint statement.
The rights groups said the killing of Afrazul was the fourth case in the last nine months that showed the assailants got impunity from the state. Rajasthan has seen several attacks on Muslims including the lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in April and in November another man, Ummar Khan, was shot dead by alleged cow vigilantes.Source: Google News