Demanding the construction of Ram Temple, Hindu terrorist burns a Muslim

Demanding the construction of Ram Temple, Hindu terrorist burns a Muslim

Rajasthan police on Thursday arrested a man purportedly seen in a series of video clips hitting and stabbing a man, burning the body and warning "jihadis" to leave India or meet a similar fate. The accused, Shambhu Lal Regar, allegedly told police he killed 50-year-old Afrazul Islam, a migrant worker from West Bengal.

Regar alleged that he killed Islam to save woman from 'love jihad', a term used by right-wing Hindu groups to describe inter-faith marriages which they claim is an Islamist conspiracy to convert Hindu women through marriage or coercion. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the "inhuman" act while Islam's distraught family demanded a public hanging of the accused. We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman. (

Besides Regar, police also arrested his nephew who is believed to have shot the videos in a wooded area in the western state's Rajsamand district. Hindustan Times couldn't independently verify the authenticity of the videos. The video clips, circulated on WhatsApp, sparked outrage across the country and several rights organisations demanded the resignation of chief minister Vasundhara Raje and home minister Gulab Chand Kataria.

"The video is gut-wrenching. Strict action will be taken against him (the perpetrator) once caught," Kataria told a news agency before Regar was arrested. A special investigation team (SIT) has been set up to probe the case, he added. "Prima facie, it appears that Regar killed the man and the man was dead when he set the body on fire," Rajsamand superintendent of police said Manoj Kumar said. (

"This day, 25 years ago Babri Masjid was razed but nothing has happened even 25 years later," the man can be heard saying. (

Mewat a killing ground

In October, the Alwar police was accused of playing into the hands of cow vigilantes when a Muslim family alleged that local police snatched their cows and handed over to a gaushala, Deccan Chronicle had reported. (

The cow has become one of the poll planks for the BJP, the ruling central party. The state where the killing happened, Haryana also has a BJP government.

Mr Khattar, 61, who took charge of the BJP's first government in Haryana a year ago, is a veteran member of the party's ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. (

The Indian Express today quoted Mr Khattar as saying: "Muslim rahein, magar is desh mein beef khaana chhodna hi hoga unko" (Muslims can stay but they will have to give eating beef) (

"The police have been directed to collect samples of biryani from villages where it is being sold and check which meat has been used to prepare it," said Bharti Arora, a police officer in the special task force for cow protection. (

Hate crimes

"Hate crimes against Muslims, Dalits, and marginalized sections have increased," said Navaid Hamid, president of the All India Muslim Majlis e Mushawarat in Delhi, a decades-old umbrella group for Muslim institutions. (

"My perception is the central government and the state governments of states are complicit with violence against minorities and other marginalized sections of society," Hamid said. (

While the Meo Panchayat in Alwar demanded a fair and impartial probe and arrest of the culprits, Mr. Beniwal said an investigation was underway to confirm the assault and firing on Umar khan and his aides. (

Mob attacks on the rise India, home to one of the world's largest Muslim populations, has been gripped by a spate of widely publicized mob attacks in recent months, with many of the victims being Muslim. (

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