Kanhaiya Lal has been threatened a couple of times over his social media posts in support of BJP leader Nupur Sharma, who was suspended by the ruling party this month after her remarks on Prophet Muhammad.
The ugly killing of a tailor yesterday by two men who filmed it and bragged about avenging an insult to Islam has sparked anxiety and protests in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. Both the attackers seen on the video were arrested.
Kanhaiya Lal has been threatened multiple times over his social media posts in support of BJP leader Nupur Sharma, who was suspended by the ruling party BJP earlier this month after her remarks on Prophet Muhammad prompted anger amongst Gulf countries and protests in the country.
Last afternoon, Kanhaiya Lal was at his shop in the city’s busy Dhan Mandi marketplace while the attackers walked in, pretending to be customers. The tailor is visible in the video measuring one of the men, who unexpectedly assaults him. The guy struck him with a cleaver as the other guy filmed the murder on his phone.
The two murderers attempted to behead him. However, they couldn’t, the police stated. The neck was slit however the head was not severed. The guys fled and later posted the barbaric video on social media. In some other videos, the attackers, recognized as Gos Mohammad and Riyaz, gloated about the homicide and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It is just too grisly to watch, my recommendation is please do not look at the video,” stated senior police officer Hawasingh Ghumaria. The police warned against sharing or circulating the video.
He additionally requested the media not to broadcast the video due to its incredibly inflammatory content. Curfew has been imposed in components of Udaipur, internet services have been suspended throughout the city and massive gatherings were banned. Hundreds of additional policemen have been called in as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot appealed for calm.
This isn’t the first blasphemy-associated murder in current times. In January, a person in Gujarat named Kishen Boliya was killed by men named Mohammad Shabbir and Mohammad Imitiaz Pathan for a “blasphemous” social media post. Like Kanhaiya, Kishen was booked by police for hurting nonsecular sentiments before being killed in vigilante punishment by fanatics.
In October 2019, Uttar Pradesh resident Kamlesh Tiwari, additionally dealing with a trial for allegedly insulting Mohammed (case filed under 295A except for other IPC sections), was killed by men from Gujarat at his office. In 2021, numerous rallies have been taken out in numerous Indian cities by Muslim organizations advocating beheading as mob punishment for a person named Yati Narsinghanand dealing with a trial for allegedly insulting Mohammed.
The rallies have been taken out in Bareilly, Ajmer, and Jammu except in other cities. In 2010, a university professor in Kerala dealing with a trial for insulting Mohammed (case filed under 295A except for other IPC sections) was brutally attacked by a group of Muslims. TJ Joseph survived the assault that left his wrist severed from his body.
Though doctors controlled to sew the wrist, he stays handicapped. Joseph turned into later acquitted by the court. Last year, his autobiography detailing what he went through was launched in English.