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Rajasthan police on Thursday arrested a man for hacking a Muslim labourer to death and later burning him, while filming the attack and warning ‘love-jihadis’ of similar fate.
According to media reports, the victim has been identified as Mohammed Afrazul, 48, from Malda in West Bengal and the attacker has been identified as Shambunath Raigar, a resident of Rajsamand.
“Prima facie, it appears that Regar killed the man and the man was dead when he set the body on fire,” said Rajsamand superintendent of police Manoj Kumar, according to media reports.
State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria while confirming the development said that the accused has been arrested and a special investigation team (SIT) has been set up to investigate the case.
Investigation are underway to identify the third person, who shot the video.
Internet has been suspended in Rajsamand region of Rajasthan to stop the circulation of the video clips that were posted on WhatsApp, allegedly by the killer. A video of the assault went viral on social media on Wednesday.
The charred body of the Muslim labourer was found by locals near a road in Rajsamand around 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
In the video, which cannot be independently verified for its authenticity, it can be seen that Shambunath Raigar wearing red-shirt and white pants leading the labourer to a spot. Later, he attacks the labourer with an axe repeatedly and burns the body after pours inflammable substance on it.
The accused after carrying out the attack can be heard making inflammatory and communal remarks.
According to media reports, the Rajnagar Police have registered a case under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearing of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).