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Love Jihad murder case: Protest in support of accused killer shames Udaipur

30 injured, 88 people arrested for disrupting peace and rioting.

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February 1, 2018, 11:22 am

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Jaipur: Udaipur, the city globally known for its tourist attraction, witnessed a disgracing protest on Thursday.

A crowd of youngsters, self-proclaimed activists, demonstrated in support of Shambhulal Gujjar who brutally killed a Muslim man in the name of Jihad and circulated the video of the murder hosted saffron flags on the buildings near Court Chauraha in Udaipur.

Some mischief mongers even pelted stones on the police. The cops resorted to mild lathicharge, but it only further infuriated the protestors who even manhandled lawyers who were trying to placate them.

According to preliminary information received from Udaipur, additional SP Sudhir Joshi who was at the spot to restore law and order, was manhandled and sustained injuries when a stone hit his head.

At least 30 people, mostly policemen were injured in the stone pelting that went on for more than 15 minutes. Four of the policemen are injured seriously. Those injured include three police inspector and a circle officer.

More than 1000 policemen have been deployed in Udaipur to keep an eye on the law and order situation.

Many markets were closed. The cops had arrested 80 people by late night.

The administration had decided to suspend 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 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 talked about Love Jihad and patriotism while killing the victim. He was arrested by the police the next day.

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.

First published: December 15, 2017