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‘Love Jihad’ murder case: Internet banned in Udaipur and Rajsamand

Internet services stopped to prevent spread of rumours on social media.

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February 1, 2018, 11:23 am

Video grab of man murder live

A video showing a man being brutally murdered went viral in Rajsamand.

Jaipur: The administration in Rajasthan has decided to stop internet services in two districts of the state – Udaipur and Rajsamand – to prevent spread of rumors about the ‘Love Jihad’ murder case on social media channels. The police have also been put on high alert.

The rumours started when some Facebook and Twitter posts went viral. These posts were about a rally being planned in Udaipur in support of Shambhulal Gujjar, who was involved in the heinous murder of 50-year-old Mohammed Afrazul. Shambhulal not only murdered the victim, but also made a live video and then circulated it on social media on December 7.

Shambhu Lal shot a video of himself talking about Love Jihad and patriotism. He was arrested by the police the next day.

Divisional commissioner, Udaipur Bhawani Singh Detha ordered a ban on Internet services till further notice. Internet services were snapped in Udaipur also for 24 hours.

On Thursday, Jaipur police arrested one Updesh Rana, a right-wing organization member when he was on his way to Udaipur in support of Shambhulal Gujjar. Jaipur’s Bagaru police arrested him for disrupting peace, according to preliminary reports. Rana had reached Jaipur along with his supporters on Wednesday. He was staying at the house of an acquaintance when he was detailed by the police on Thursday. He is a resident of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

Shambhu Lal Reger repeatedly attacked one Mohammed Afrazul with a shovel, brutally killing him. He then poured inflammable substance on the body and put it on fire.

Shambhu Lal took Afrazul to an agriculture farm, just 700 meters from the Rajsamand district collector office where he carried out the heinous murder. The farm belongs to the murder accused.

First published: December 14, 2017