“This is a brutal crime. Prima facie it does not look like this is done by a normal human being.”
This is what the Rajasthan DGP, O P Galhotra, had to say about the brutal murder of a Muslim labourer from West Bengal who was hacked with a cleaver and then set on fire in Rajasthan by a man who has now been identified as one Shambhu Lal Regar, a resident of Rajsamand, over a suspected case of ‘love jihad’.
The brutality of the crime, that Regar filmed, has left many shocked.
A day after his half-charred body was found, his family wants his killer to be hanged.
“We want those who killed my husband so brutally and showed it to the world be hanged…. We do not know what love jihad is. He has grandchildren. They butchered my father like animals before setting him on fire. I want those who did that to suffer in the same manner. I have seen the video and the cries of my helpless father while he was being killed,” Rejina Khatun, the daughter of 48-year-old Mohammed Afrazul, told Indian Express.
In a social media post the suspect said it was a “warning” to those who commit ‘love jihad’ – a term many Hindu activists use to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men they claim are converting women to their faith to propagate Islam.
Police recovered the body of Afrazul, a labourer from Malda, who is seen crying and pleading for help in the disturbing video that Regar used the help of an accomplice to shoot.
He is seen hacking at the labourer, as he tries to escape. When the victim falls to the ground, he pours kerosene on him and sets him on fire.
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Rajasthan police is investigating the case after the video went viral.
“During preliminary investigations, we have come to know that one of the videos in which Regar makes the inflammatory statements was shot in a local temple a little while after he murdered Afrazul,” additional director-general of police, crime, Pankaj Kumar Singh, told the Indian Express.
Afrazul’s neighbours, who are rallying around his family, told the Express the victim had no record of wrong-doing. Most villagers are still coming to terms with his horrific murder.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria told News18 that a Special Investigation Team has been set up today to investigate the killing. Regar has been arrested.
Though police are yet to confirm the motive of the murder, the “love jihad” claim surfaced after Regar posted a video on social media justifying his action. He said he killed Afrazul to save a woman from ‘love jihad’. The cause of murder could be old enmity between the two men, police have said.
The most famous case in recent times of the so-called ‘love jihad’ is that of Hindu woman Akhila Ashokan from Kerala whose parents moved court to annul her marriage to her Muslim husband. She took on the name of Hadiya after converting to Islam. She’s been directed by the Supreme Court to stay at a hostel and complete her education.
Man Hacks Labourer, Burns Him Alive and Records Video Over ‘Love Jihad’
The killer got a friend along to record the video that shows the entire incident in vivid detail. Afrazul is seen pleading with his murderer and crying for help while the accused keeps clobbering him with an axe and later burns him alive.
Rajsamand (Rajasthan): A Muslim labourer in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district attacked and then burnt alive over alleged ‘love jihad’. The man accused of the murder can be seen in a viral video beating up the victim and then setting him on fire.
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria set up a Special Investigation Team on Thursday to investigate the killing and look at a possible communal angle. Kataria said, “The main accused Shambhulal Regar has been arrested.”
The victim, identified as Mohammed Afrazul, was a migrant from West Bengal’s Malda district and was working in Rajsamand as a contract labourer. The man seen as the attacker in the video has been identified as Shambhulal Regar, a local.
According to police, Regar, had first lured the victim to the spot promising some work, only to kill him brutally.
The killer got a friend along to record the video that shows the entire incident in vivid detail. Afrazul is seen pleading with his murderer and crying for help while the accused keeps clobbering him with an axe and later burns him alive.
|The presence of a young girl in the video has fuelled rumours that it could be a case of love jihad and that the labourer was in an alleged illicit relationship with the accused’s sister.|
The police have recovered the half-burnt body from the spot along with other items such as an axe, and a scooter.
The Rajnagar police have registered a case under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearing of evidence) of the IPC.
“Afrazul worked in Rajsamand as a labourer and his family also lived with him. While the motive behind the murder is not clear, we will get there as soon as we apprehend Regar. Several police teams are on the lookout for him,” said Ramsumer Meena, Station House Officer of Rajnagar police station.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Pankaj Kumar Singh added, “We are trying to arrest the accused. We are also questioning the family members of Shambhulal Regar. The alleged communal angle is also being probed. We will have more information after the arrests.”
However, sources suggest that prima facie it is a case of rivalry between the two, which could have a possible ‘love jihad’ angle.
‘More to it Than a Loan Dispute’: Brother of Muslim Labourer Brutally Killed in Rajasthan
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded a high-level inquiry in the case and met home minister Rajnath Singh.
Kolkata: The brother of the Muslim labourer from Bengal who was hacked and burnt alive in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district said on Thursday that there appears to be more to the brutal murder than just a monetary dispute.
Mohammad Kausar, who live in Malda district, said, “I don’t think my brother was killed only because of monetary issue. There is something more in to it and we want death penalty of the accused for such a heinous crime.”
He suspected that his brother Mohammad Afrazul may have learnt about some dubious dealings involving the accused, Shambulal Regar, and was killed for it.
Shambulal had made a video of the murder that has since gone viral. In the video, which was recorded by a friend, he clobbered Afrazul with an axe and later set him on fire. Afrazul was crying for mercy throughout the video. Shambulal has been arrested and charged under section 302 (murder).
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded a high-level inquiry in the case. “We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman? Sad,” she tweeted.
Sources said she also took up the matter with union home minister Rajnath Singh during her meeting with him at the state secretariat on Thursday.
Speaking to News18, DSP Rajsamand, Ratan Lal said the Bengal police will investigate the matter. He said a preliminary inquiry revealed the victim allegedly took some money from the accused and was killed after he failed to repay the amount.
The Rajasthan government, on the other hand, has set up a Special Investigation Team after reports that there could be a communal angle.
The presence of a young girl in the video has fuelled rumours that it could be a case of love jihad and that the labourer was in an alleged illicit relationship with the accused’s sister.
Labourer hacked, burnt alive in Rajasthan: Political leaders condemn killing, express shock
Rajasthan: Mohammad Afrazul was burnt alive and a video of the gruesome incident was uploaded on social media in Rajsamand district. In the video, the laboured was seen hacked and burnt to death.
A day after a Muslim labourer hailing from Malda in West Bengal, Afrazul Khan (47), was hacked and then burnt alive in Rajasthan over an alleged affair, leaders from several political parties condemned the inhuman and heinous murder. A video of the gruesome incident was uploaded on social media in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.
According to SP of Rajsamand Manoj Kumar, the accused who allegedly committed the crime on Wednesday has been arrested and is being interrogated. The accused was also seen shouting at the victim in the video, IG of Udaipur Anand Srivastava said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the killing and termed the incident “inhuman”. Banerjee took to Twitter saying, “We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman. Sad.”
In another tweet, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said, “This killing is a result of the atmosphere of hate and communalism fostered by the ideology of the Sangh Parivar. Modi govt and BJP state govts refuse to act and their inaction patronises such barbarity.”
His party also tweeted saying, “CPIM strongly condemns the horrific incident of a Migrant worker from Bengal burnt alive in Rajasthan yesterday in the name of Love Jihad. Killing is a result of the environment of hate & communalism fostered by Hindutva forces. RSS-BJP answerable for such shocking hate crimes.”
President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, “He was only killed because he was a Muslim” wife of poor labourer who was hacked and burned who was to return to his village to get his daughter married.”
Expressing shock lawyer Prashant Bhushan tweeted, “Shocking! Another Muslim burnt alive in Rajasthan. These ghastly murders in the name of ‘Gauraksha’ & ‘love Jihad’ by goons are abetted by a complicit State machinery, esp in BJP ruled States.”
38-yr-old held for horrific ‘love jihad’ murder in Raj – 15-Year-Old Nephew Shot Video ClipsTIMES NEWS NETWORK copyright Times of India newspaper Udaipur/Jaipur/Malda:
Rajasthan police on Thursday arrested 38-year-old Shambhulal Raigar for hacking labour contractor Mohammed Afrazul from Malda in West Bengal and setting his body ablaze, a day after he took a video of the horrifying crime and posted it online.
Raigar was arrested around 9am from Kelwa in Rajsamand, while he was on his way to a temple. On Wednesday, in two chilling videos — shot by his 15-yearold nephew — that went viral online, he was seen attacking Afrazul, who was begging for his life, with a pickaxe until the labourer died. He then set the body ablaze and raved about “love jihad”. He had also said that he would surrender at a temple on Thursday. The cops caught him before he could reach the temple.
Raigar has shown no remorse for the heinous crime, the Rajasthan police said. “Had I not killed him, he would have killed my entire family because he wanted to take revenge,” he told reporters at Delwara police station, where he was taken for interrogation after the police sensed tension. When asked about his motive, Udaipur range IG Anand Srivastava said he had cited the same reasons in the video he had released after the killing.
“I had gone to West Bengal a year ago to rescue a girl who was my neighbour. Afrazul made her a prey by making her believe his false love and she eloped with him to his native place. I brought her back to Rajsamand and since then, Afrazul had been bearing animosity against me. He had threatened many times to kill my daughters and other family members. So, I had no other way out,” he told the reporters.
“Rajgar does not appear to have a normal mind,” Rajasthan DGP O P Galhotra told the press in Jaipur. “It is a heinous crime and we will seek capital punishment for the accused in court.” He added that the accused’s nephew would be prosecuted as co-accused according to the juvenile justice board’s provisions.
Rajgar, who used to work with a marble unit, has been unemployed for over a year. He has a wife, three daughters and two brothers.
Police arrest man for ‘love jihad’ murder on video
Jaipur, dhns: Rajasthan Police on Thursday arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly killing a labourer and burning his body in Rajsamand district, 280 km from here.
The arrest took place after a horrific video of a man burning another man to death and then torching the remains, while keeping up an inflammatory communal rant warning against “love jihad”, went viral on social media.
According to the police, the half-burnt body found on Wednesday near a hotel on 100 Feet Road in Rajsamand is of 46-year-old Afrazul, a native of Malda in West Bengal, who worked as a daily wage labourer and lived with his family in Rajsamand.
State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria confirmed to DH, “The body recovered is the same as shown burning in the video. The killer has been identified as Shambhu Lal. A special investigation team (SIT) has been set up to probe the case.”
In one of two clips posted online, Shambhu Lal, dressed in a red shirt and white trousers, is seen leading Afrazul to the spot of crime. Shambu Lal attacks him repeatedly with a weapon and the victim shouts for help. Shambhu looks into the camera and declares on record that he killed to save a woman from “love jihad”.
Man was on drugs
The accused’s wife claims that Shambu Lal was under the influence of drugs. Sita Devi, accused’s wife told DH, “My husband was into drugs. He literally used to do nothing and was mentally disturbed. I can’t understand if the incident has something to do with love jihad. But my husband was affected after a Hindu girl from our village married a Muslim boy from West Bengal one year ago.”
The video was shot by Shambu Lal’s 15-year-old nephew. Rajsamand police have detained his daughter and nephew. District SP Manoj Kumar said, “Both the minors have been detained. When the incident took place they were accompanying the accused. Shambulal has been booked under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence)”.
Social activists demand the arrest of those who instigated him to commit this heinous crime. “Although the police have arrested Shambhu Lal Regar and the nephew who had shot the video, it is important to reach the people who motivated him to carry out this murder,” People’s Union for Civil Liberties general secretary Kavita Srivastava told DH.
Internet has been suspended in Rajsamand to stop the circulation of the two clips on WhatsApp. Congress leader Sachin Pilot said the murder on video proves that there is poor governance in Rajasthan.
Rajasthan hacking: As accused killed and burnt, his teen nephew filmed hate-murder, say cops
Family of accused claims he is a drug addict, police in Rajasthan deny. “It appears that Regar meticulously planned the crime. We have found videos on his cellphone which were shot a day before the crime, in which he has made more inflammatory statements,” police said.
Inside a damp and unusually quiet house in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district, Sita Regar sits with downcast eyes, occasionally pulling her veil, trying to ward off questions about her husband, Shambhulal Regar. A day after Regar, 36, killed a migrant labourer, Mohammed Afrazul, burnt his body, and circulated videos of the incident — purportedly recorded by his 14-year-old nephew — Sita has no answers. “I don’t know why he did this… My husband didn’t have a job… Most of the time, he would smoke marijuana and just roam the streets. But I never thought he was capable of murder,” said Sita.
The victim, Afrazul, 48, was a resident of Malda in West Bengal. In one of the videos, Regar is seen attacking Afrazul with an axe-like weapon, before burning the body. His other videos have communal rants against “love jihad” and Islam. Regar, who was absconding after the murder along with his minor nephew and 12-year-old daughter, was arrested on Thursday morning, from the house of a relative in Kelwa. Inspector General of Police, Udaipur range, Anand Shrivastava, said his nephew had also been detained.
Sita claimed that Regar, a father of three, was mentally unstable, and they hadn’t heard from him after he left home on Wednesday morning. But IG Shrivastava said after preliminary investigation, they “found no reason to believe that Regar was mentally unstable”. He also contradicted the wife’s claim that Regar was a drug addict. “At present, it doesn’t look like Regar was addicted to drugs. Till a year ago, he had a fairly successful marble trading business,” he said. “We have also detained his minor nephew as it was he who shot the videos, including that of the murder,” he added.
While the police are yet to confirm the motive, Regar’s family claimed that a Hindu girl from their area had eloped with a Muslim man from West Bengal a few years ago. “The man used to be an associate of Afrazul. Her mother asked my brother to bring the girl back, and he did that. Since then, he had been receiving threats,” alleged Regar’s sister.
Speaking to mediapersons after his arrest, Regar claimed he had committed the murder because he felt “threatened”. “They ran away with a girl from our colony… I helped her, after which I got death threats. I knew the girl since childhood as her brother used to study with me. They gave me an ultimatum, that I would have to die,” he alleged.
But Afrazul’s cousin, Mohammed Salik Sheikh, denied this. “My brother had nothing to do with any such incident and all these allegations are baseless. He has three daughters back home and was nearing 50. Why would this incident from many years ago be the reason for his death,” he asked. In one of his videos shot after the murder, Regar has “warned” “Hindu sisters” not to fall into the trap of “love jihad”. He has made several inflammatory remarks, and also alleged that history was being “changed” under the influence of Islam, mentioning films like Padmavati and PK as well.
In one clip, he says that Babri Masjid was demolished 25 years ago, but “nothing has happened” in the subsequent years. He also launches a long diatribe about “Islamic jihad” in the country. “It appears that Regar meticulously planned the crime. We have found videos on his cellphone which were shot a day before the crime, in which he has made more inflammatory statements,” said IG Shrivastava.
Afrazul lived in Dhoinda, a village near Rajsamand town. According to his friends, Afrazul came to Rajasthan as a labourer 12 years ago, and had gradually established himself as a private contractor in Rajsamand. “We are around 150-200 people from West Bengal who live here in Rajsamand and earn our living by working as construction labourers. Afrazul never had enmity with anyone here,” said Mohammed Mosharraf Khan, his son-in-law.
“A man had been calling Afrazul since 5 am on Wednesday, asking him to come to a construction site for inspection… We last heard from him around 11 am, when he left for the place,” said Mohammed Aliul, his neighbour. “We are sure that this is not the work of only one man and is a conspiracy to create panic. We want the police to arrest all the perpetrators at the earliest and will submit a memorandum to the district collector on Friday,” said Iqbal Khan, secretary, Anjuman committee, Rajsamand.
Meanwhile, with Regar’s video clips being circulated on social media, Internet was blocked in Rajsamand on Thursday as a precautionary measure.
Man Burnt Alive Over ‘Love Jihad’, Accused Arrested
Superintendent Of Police Manoj Kumar Said, Adding The Victim Has Been Identified As Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh
A man was arrested in Rajasthan on Thursday for thrashing a person before burning him alive to “save a girl from ‘love jihad'”, officials said. The accused, Shambunath Raigar, also recorded the horrific act which was uploaded on the social media. The incident took place in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district and the video has gone viral.
Raigar has been sent for interrogation in the matter, Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar said, adding the victim has been identified as Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh.
Surprisingly, in another video, which is also going viral, Raigar, is seen justifying his act. He is seen claiming in the video “the act is an endeavour to save a girl from ‘love jihad'”. Speaking to IANS, Manoj Kumar said police were informed about a half-burnt body lying in Rajnagar in Rajsamand district.
He, along with Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Manish Tripathi and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Rajendra Singh reached the spot where they found a badly disfigured body. Immediately, the Forensic Scientific Lab (FSL) team and dog squad was summoned.
The video which has gone viral, shows the perpetrator hitting the man with an agricultural tool, pouring kerosene oil on his body and burning him alive. Raigar also warned “those indulging in ‘love jihad’ will meet the same fate”.
The tool used for murder, the victim’s motorbike and his slippers were found in the crime scene.According to Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, a special investigation team (SIT) has been set up to probe the case.
Chilling Murder In Rajasthan On Video. Man Hacks Labourer, Burns Him
In one of two clips posted online, Shambhu Lal, in a red shirt, white trousers and a white muffler, is seen leading Ifrazul to a spot in the woods. The police say the labourer may have been led to believe he was there for a job. The administration is watching out for trouble in Rajsamand, a district around five hours from state capital Jaipur.
All India | Reported by Harsha Kumari Singh, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Updated: December 07, 2017
Video shows Shambhu Lal repeatedly attacking Afrazul with a weapon
Police believe a third person could’ve been involved
Internet suspended in Rajsamand where the incident took place
In a stomach-turning video that is viral, a man in Rajasthan hacks another man to death and burns the body while keeping up an inflammatory communal rant against “love jihad”, the term used by right-wing groups who accuse Muslim men of drawing Hindu women into relationships and converting them.
Internet has been suspended in Rajsamand to stop the circulation of two video clips that were posted on WhatsApp, allegedly by the killer. State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria says the accused man, identified as Shambhu Lal, has been arrested. His family says he is mentally unhinged, according to the police.
The police believe a half-burnt body they found this morning near a road in Rajsamand could be that of the victim in the video – 45-year-old Ifrazul, a daily wage labourer from West Bengal.
In one of two clips posted online, Shambhu Lal, in a red shirt, white trousers and a white muffler, is seen leading Ifrazul to a spot in the woods. The police say the labourer may have been led to believe he was there for a job.
Shambhu Lal follows him and attacks him repeatedly with an axe. Loud wailing and screams for help are heard as the video becomes increasingly difficult to watch.
When the victim falls silent, Shambhu Lal looks into the camera and launches into a deranged hate speech, declaring that he killed to save a woman from “love jihad”. He takes the blood-soaked axe and strikes at the prone figure once more before setting it on fire.
“If I have to die, I will kill some and die,” he says, making references to Ayodhya, the “Padmavati” film controversy and the Hindi film PK, which featured a romance between an Indian and a Pakistani. Apparently referring to Hindu-Muslim relationships, he threatens to “find each one of them and kill.”
The police believe a third person may have filmed the murder.
The administration is watching out for trouble in Rajsamand, a district around five hours from state capital Jaipur.
“It is shocking how he killed the man and made a video of it. The accused has been arrested and a special investigation team (SIT) has been set up…Any person will be disturbed by the video,” Home Minister Kataria said.
Senior police officers have been sent to Rajsamand to prevent any flare-up.
The opposition Congress said the murder on video proves there is no governance in Rajasthan.
“There is no fear of law here, no fear of police… there is no government,” said Congress leader Sachin Pilot, adding, “We must set an example where people must fear that there is a government that will set certain rules.”
Delhi : Aspiring air hostess stabbed to death by jilted Jihadi lover.
Is Delhi, a safe heaven for Muslim culprits?
Aspiring Hindu air hostess stabbed seven times to death by jilted Muslim lover.
Sumedha Bist | HENB | New Delhi | July 8, 2017:: 48 hours after Riya Gautam, a 21-year-old aspiring air-hostess, was stabbed seven times by a ‘Love Jihadist’, just meters away from her Ram Nagar Extension house in Shahdara area Wednesday, her brother said she had lodged a complaint against the accused in April. “About three months ago, she told us that a Muslim man was harassing and stalking her. We had lodged a complaint at the Mansarovar Park police station. Police told us that he was in Gujarat and that they would investigate,” Ashish, the victim’s elder brother, said.
Riya succumbed to injuries at GTB Hospital early Thursday. CCTV footage from Wednesday shows her being slapped by the accused, Adil alias Munne Khan, in the presence of passersby. It also shows her trying to escape by entering a photo studio even as Adil runs behind her wielding a knife. “She was stopped by the accused. Minutes later, he started slapping her and then stabbed her seven times inside the shop,” police sources said.
Special Commissioner and chief spokesperson of Delhi Police, Dependra Pathak, said an officer of the rank of Additional DCP has been appointed to look into why action was not taken after the complaint was received three months ago. Pathak told the press that raids were being conducted to track Adil, a private taxi driver, and that he would be arrested soon. “After scanning call data records of the victim and CCTV footage of Wednesday’s incident, we came to know she was talking to the accused before the incident,” Pathak said.
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Police sources said, “In January, Adil came to the institute where Riya studied in Nirman Vihar. The two got into an argument. He misbehaved with Riya and she allegedly slapped Adil. After he threatened her, she told her family about him.” Police added that she had changed her mobile number two days ago. After the complaint was filed in April, Adil was asked to join the investigation but he allegedly fled to Gujarat. “He came to Delhi on Tuesday and approached Riya again,” police sources said.
Adil asked family to leave : Police
Minutes after stabbing Riya, the accused called his mother and younger brother and asked them to leave the city and go their village in Aligarh. Several teams have been sent to Aligarh and Ghaziabad to nab the accused, police said. Sources said police conducted raids at his home but found the door locked. “Police managed to trace their location and are questioning them,” the sources added.
The brutal 7 times Islamic stabbing on Riya to death is reminiscent to Nirbhya (Jyoti Pandey) gang rape case where a Muslim juvenile inserted an iron rod in the vaginal track of the victim and took out the uterus with exaltation!