In the aftermath of the brutal murder of a Muslim man in Rajasthan, the minor nephew of the accused has been arrested reportedly because he was the one who shot the video of the crime that went viral.
Inspector General of Police, Udaipur range, Anand Shrivastava told The Indian Express, "We have also detained his minor nephew as it was he who shot the videos, including that of the murder."
Sita, the wife of the accused Shambhulal Regar has claimed that her husband was jobless and was addicted to marijuana.
The Indian Express report quoted her as saying, "I don't know why he did this... My husband didn't have a job... Most of the time, he would smoke marijuana and just roam the streets. But I never thought he was capable of murder."
The police have, however, said that it did not look like Regar was addicted to drugs.
In a video that has left the country shocked, Regar was seen first attacking the victim Mohammed Afrazul with an axe. While Afrazul tried to defend himself a couple of times, Regar managed to injure him and then burn him.
Regar was seen making threats on the video and warning that "all jihadis would meet the same fate".
The incident took place in the Rajsamand town, not far away from Dhoinda where Afrazul lived. He was a migrant labour from West Bengal's Malda.
Meanwhile, in Afrazul's village in West Bengal people are horrified and shocked.
Afrazul's daughter Regina has refuted the allegations of love-jihad against her father.
She told NDTV, "They have lied, that he was involved with some woman. Those are false claims. My husband was there, wouldn't he have come and told me? My uncle was there, wouldn't he have come and told my mother that your husband is doing all these things? Never have they said any such thing."
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to condemn the incident, while Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje called the incident 'deplorable'.
We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman. Sad— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 7, 2017
An India Today report quoted Raje as saying, "Culprit promptly nabbed by Police. Have directed them to prosecute the criminal in the shortest possible time. Deplorable Act which needs to be condemned in strongest possible terms."
Regar, the prime accused, was absconding after the incident, but was arrested on Thursday morning.
Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria has said that a special investigation team will be set up to probe the murder.Suggest a correction