Muslim man hacked, burnt in Rajasthan
Outrage after video footage of hate crime goes viral
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.
Gruesome incident: The video shows the Rajsamand resident killing the West Bengal labourer.