Religious Unrest Spreads in India With Killing of Hindu Man

NAINITAL, India — The attackers recorded the grotesque killing on a cell phone. Then they filmed themselves gloating in regards to the act and threatening the prime minister.

The video — of two Muslim males killing a Hindu man on Tuesday within the state of Rajasthan as a result of they mentioned he had insulted the Prophet Muhammad — unfold shortly in India. The authorities shut down the web within the state over issues that the case might kindle broader unrest. The males had been arrested on terrorism fees, the police mentioned.

The events that led up to the killing started with feedback by Nupur Sharma, a spokeswoman for the Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a tv look earlier this month, Ms. Sharma made insulting remarks in regards to the relationship between the prophet and his youngest spouse — remarks that had been condemned by the Muslim world as profaning the prophet.

After the looks, Mr. Modi’s party moved to attempt to comprise the fallout.

The B.J.P. suspended Ms. Sharma, who retracted her feedback. Another party official, Naveen Kumar Jindal, who expressed help for Ms. Sharma’s remarks, was expelled from the party. To attempt to comprise a diplomatic breach with Muslim international locations, the party issued a press release saying that it revered all spiritual traditions and denounced any insults towards spiritual figures.

But the tensions continued to simmer, including to a backdrop of rising communal violence in India. Protesters took the streets throughout the nation and in different elements of South Asia. On June 10, two Muslim men were killed at a protest calling for Ms. Sharma’s arrest that was held within the jap Indian state of Jharkhand.

The similar day in Rajasthan, the native police mentioned, a grievance was filed towards the person who was killed this week. Kanhaiya Lal Teli was accused of injuring the spiritual sentiments of Muslims with a social media publish that supported Ms. Sharma. He was arrested however made bail.

Mr. Teli, a tailor, returned to the police to file a grievance of his personal: the individuals who had objected to his conduct had been sending him loss of life threats. The police addressed the grievances of Mr. Teli and the Muslim group, with either side agreeing that the matter was resolved, in accordance with Hawa Singh Ghumaria, a police official. The police didn’t act additional on Mr. Teli’s grievance, he mentioned.

Mr. Teli skipped work for the subsequent few days due to the threats, his wife, Jashoda, told India media. He returned to work on Monday. It was then that the 2 Muslim males visited his store, pretending to be clients.

After having their measurements taken, they attacked Mr. Teli. He could be heard screaming for his life.

Then, in what gave the impression to be a second video, one in every of them issued a warning.

“Listen, Narendra Modi, you might have lit the hearth, however we’ll douse it,” he mentioned, as the boys brandished their daggers. “I pray to god that this dagger will attain your neck sooner or later, too.”

The Indian authorities has deployed a staff of National Investigative Agency, India’s main counterterrorism drive, to analyze the incident, which led to protests in Rajasthan on Wednesday.

“The central authorities is immensely involved,” mentioned Kanchan Gupta, a authorities spokesman, “not least of all as a result of the assailants threatened to come back after Narendra Modi subsequent.”

Rajasthan’s chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, of the rival Congress party, known as on Mr. Modi to handle the individuals over the communal tension in the country.

“It is extra impactful if the prime minister speaks. I imagine that the prime minister ought to tackle the nation on this event and may make an enchantment that we are going to not tolerate violence at any value. What is the issue in saying so?” he mentioned.

Emily Schmall contributed reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal.



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