Rajasthan police on Tuesday arrested the suspect who allegedly beheaded a tailor in Udaipur in broad daylight for allegedly supporting suspended BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma on social media.
After the arrest, police released photos of both the accused, identified as Gaus Mohammed and Riyaz, who are residents of the Surajpole area of the city.
The suspect not only beheaded the tailor, but also captured the horrific on camera. Later, in another video, they claimed responsibility for the assassination and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying their knife will take him too.
Indirectly, the attackers referred to Nupur Sharma, the BJP leader who had been expelled from the party for making a comment about the Prophet Muhammad.
Hawa Singh Ghumaria, the ADG Law and Order for Rajasthan advised people not to watch the video as it was too disturbing. He also asked the media not to broadcast the video due to its highly incendiary content.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also urged people to keep the peace while requesting not to share the video of the horrific murder.
The attackers entered his shop in the Dhan Mandi neighborhood of the city, posing as customers. When the tailor took the measurements of one of them – who later identified himself as Riaz – attacked him with a cleaver. The other man shot the brutal murder with his cell phone.
The two men fled the scene and later uploaded the clip on social media. In another video, the alleged attacker said they were “beheading” the tailor and threatening the prime minister for lighting “this fire”.
The incident sparked protests in several parts of the city, prompting authorities to impose a ban and curfew at seven Udaipur police stations from 8pm until further notice on Tuesday. Udaipur Collector Tarachand Meena has issued an order to impose curfews at seven police stations in Dhan Mandi, Ghanta Ghar, Hathi Pole, Amba Mata, Suraj Pole, Bhupalpura and Savina police stations.
Mobile internet has also been suspended statewide. Meanwhile, two additional Directors General of Police, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, an Inspector of Police, 30 Rajasthan Police Service officers and 5 Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) companies have been sent to Udaipur.
“A state-level warning has been issued and IGs (Inspector Generals) and SPs have been asked to increase patrols and force mobility as a precautionary measure,” said ADG Law and Order Hawa Singh Ghumaria.