Mus­lim man hacked, burnt in Ra­jasthan

Out­rage af­ter video footage of hate crime goes vi­ral

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Mo­hammed Iqbal

Mo­hammed Afrazul Khan, a 50-year-old labourer from Malda in West Ben­gal, was hacked with an axe and then burnt alive by Shambhu Lal Raigar, a res­i­dent of Ra­j­na­gar, in Ra­jsamand dis­trict of Ra­jasthan on Wed­nes­day.

The as­sailant’s 14-year-old nephew shot a video of the hate crime on his mo­bile phone and up­loaded it on so­cial me­dia. The ac­cused is seen claim­ing in the video that he had taken re­venge for ‘cross-com­mu­nity’ mar­i­tal re­la­tion­ships and warned that any­one chal­leng­ing the ma­jor­ity com­mu­nity would “meet the same fate.” In the footage cir­cu­lated later, he made in­flam­ma­tory re­marks while ad­mit­ting that he had com­mit­ted the crime and said he would sur­ren­der.

The police ar­rested Raigar on Thurs­day and de­tained his nephew. In the video, the ac­cused is seen at­tack­ing the vic­tim, who pleads for his life. He pours petrol over the semi-con­scious man and throws a burn­ing match­stick on him.

Khan was work­ing as an un­skilled labourer in Ra­jsamand for the last 12 years.

A fa­ther of three girls, he was plan­ning to re­turn home later this month to ar­range the wed­ding of his youngest daugh­ter.

VIDEO GRAB/SO­CIAL ME­DIA ■

Grue­some in­ci­dent: The video shows the Ra­jsamand res­i­dent killing the West Ben­gal labourer.

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