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Photo caption: Screen-grab of Shambhulal Raigar, the main accused in the case. The victim Afrazul (inset). Photo credit: Agencies.

A video of the incident that happened in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district has gone viral, perpetrator seen saying those who wage love jihad will meet same fate

In a blood-curdling incident, a 47-year-old man was hacked by an axe and then burnt alive in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district on Wednesday for an allegedly love affair that his murderer termed as a case of ‘love jihad’. A video of the incident, reportedly recorded by the 14-year-old nephew of the killer has gone viral on social media and was even seen by the family of the deceased which has demanded death penalty for the culprits.

The chilling video shows the main accused, now identified by the Rajasthan police as one Shambhulal Raigar, hitting the victim – Afrazul Khan, a labourer from West Bengal’s Malda district – with an axe and screaming “jihadiyon hamare desh se hat jao” (jihadis, leave our country). Raigar then pours petrol over Afrazul and flicks a lit up matchstick at him, setting him on fire. While the man screams and eventually dies – all recorded on the video – Raigar can be heard saying all those who indulge in ‘love jihad’ will be met with the same fate.

On Thursday, the police arrested Raigar and detained his 14-year-old nephew after they were recognised by villagers near the scene of the crime from the video of the incident. Rajasthan DGP, OP Galhotra told reporters: “This is a brutal crime. Prima facie it does not look like this is done by a normal human being.”

At Afrazul’s home in Saiyadpur in West Bengal’s Malda district, his inconsolable family members demanded that the killers must be hanged.

“We want those who killed my husband so brutally and showed it to the world to be hanged. I want justice. He was only killed because he was a Muslim. Yesterday, at around 3 pm, we received a call from Rajasthan Police and were told that my husband has been murdered,” Afrzul’s wife, Gul Bahar Bibi, was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

The victim’s family members said that they had also seen the horrifying video of Afrazul being hacked and then burnt alive.

Afrazul’s daughter, Rajina told reporters: “They butchered my father like an animal before setting him on fire. We do not know what love jihad is. He has grandchildren. I want those who killed him to suffer in the same manner. I have seen the video and the cries of my helpless father while he was being killed.”

According to media reports, Afrazul, a father of three girls, was scheduled to return to his home in Saiyadpur later this month to arrange for the wedding of his youngest daughter. His family members claimed that he had been working in Rajasthan for the past 12 years as an unskilled labourer and that he would visit home every two months.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has condemned the brutal murder while her Rajasthan counterpart, Vasundhara Raje, is yet to break her silence on the incident that clearly highlights the deteriorating law and order situation in her state. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria termed the incident as “shocking” and added that the “accused has been arrested and a special investigation team (SIT) has been set up for investigation in the case.”

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