Rajasthan: Man burnt alive in Rajsamand over alleged case of love jihad

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The family of a Muslim labourer who was burnt alive in Rajasthan for alleged "love jihad" demanded the death penalty for the accused and claimed that there was a conspiracy, The Indian Express reported.

However, other media reports said that the identity of the victim was Afrazul, a daily wage worker from West Bengal's Malda district.

The police also asked people in the nearby areas to identify the person.The man in the video was identified by some as Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh. When the victim falls to the ground, he pours kerosene on him and sets him on fire.

Home minister Gulabchand Kataria condemned the incident and said that the investigation has been handed over to SIT for further investigation.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Pankaj Kumar Singh added, "We are trying to arrest the accused".

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Internet services in the Rajsamand district were suspended to stop circulation of the horrific video, fearing a communal clash. The man seen attacking Afrazul and setting him ablaze in the video has been identified as Rajsamand-resident Shambhulal Regar, who can be seen saying that "Jihadis should leave the country, or else they will meet the same fate".

Earlier, the police had received information that a charred body had been found in a field under the jurisdiction of Rajnagar police station. The half-burnt body of the victim was found near a hotel in Rajsamand on Wednesday.

After the murder, the man rants hate speech declaring that he had killed him to save sister from "love jihad". "Raigar is seen threatening eyewitnesses over love jihad", a police official said. The agricultural tool used for murder, the victim's motorbike and his slippers were found at the crime scene.

The groups call it an Islamist conspiracy when Muslim men and boys force girls belonging to non-Muslim communities to convert to Islam by professing love and promising marriage.

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