The Ashok Gehlot government has imposed a curfew in Udaipur and shut down the internet services in the State, even as Police arrested the two persons involved in the beheading of Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor in Udaipur, after a hot chase.
Given the increasing tension in Udaipur, the administration has imposed curfew in 10 police station areas including Dhanmandi, Ghantaghar, Hathipol, Ambamata, Surajpol, Bhupalpura, and Savina. Traffic has been stopped in these police station areas. This will be effective till further orders. Internet shutdown orders have been issued. Internet will be closed for the next 24 hours.
Chief minister Ashok Gehlot presided over a high-level meeting to contain a possibly explosive situation.
The Rajasthan police have arrested the confessed killers of Kanhaiya Lal after a hot chase of 1e 14 kilometers.
The duo has been identified as Gaus Mohammad, son of Rafiq Mohammed, and Riaz, son of Abdul Jabbar, both residents of Surajpol area in Udaipur. They posed as customers to enter the shop where they beheaded Kanhaiya with a cleaver before he could realize their intentions. Later, the duo admitted to their act on social media and also showed the weapon used in the crime. They had a grin on their faces throughout the video clip.
They said they beheaded the person to defend the honour of the Prophet.
The video of the beheading has also surfaced in social media and it’s to prevent inflammatory messages that the internet has been shut down in the state.
Sources said that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team is all set to visit the crime spot in Lake City as this has all the trappings of a terrorist act and is not a standalone individual act by the two confessed killers.
"We suspect that some terror groups might be involved in the incident. The accused could have been in touch with some militant outfits. To probe these angles, a team of NIA is likely to visit Udaipur," said the source.
The victim has been identified as Kanhaiyalal Teli (40), a resident of Bhima town in Rajsamand district, who ran a tailoring shop in Udaipur.
Kanhaiyalal was beheaded inside his shop on a crowded street in Udaipur for supporting now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on social media over her controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammed. Ten days back, Kanhaiyalal had put up a social media post in favour of Nupur Sharma. Since then, people from a particular community were threatening to kill him.
Soon after the incident, groups of youth swarmed around on roads in Udaipur and many other cities of Rajasthan. Rajasthan government has imposed a curfew in ten districts and also banned the internet to check the flow of inflammatory messages.
The traders also pulled down the shutters of their shops in protest against the ghastly killings