The hate crime sparked protests in Udaipur and prompted the shutdown of Internet services in Rajasthan.
Politically, politicians condemned the killing of a barge in Udaipur, Rajasthan on Tuesday and called on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to defeat hatred together. Gandhi tweeted that cruelty cannot be tolerated in the name of religion and that those who spread terrorism should be punished immediately. “I appeal to all. Please keep the peace and brotherhood.”
Kanhaiya Lal, 47, Tyler, was killed by the suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma in a message backed by derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. The hate crime sparked protests and prompted the shutdown of Internet services in Rajasthan.
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Two Muslim men who killed Lal shot the murder on their phones and then threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi by posing with murder knives.
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Raghav Chadda called the assassination utterly shocking and horrifying and said there was no place for barbarity in civil society. “I condemn this brutal act and demand that the #Rajasthan government take strict action against the culprits,” he tweeted.
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra echoed Chadda and said the cycle of hatred and violence should be stopped. “Forcing the Rajasthan Government to take immediate action in the Udaipur case.”
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury said that the atmosphere of hatred and violence is dehumanizing the social system and that it must end. “Offenders must be harshly punished.”
BJP MP Rajyavardhan Rathod, who was in charge of the Rajasthan Congress government, said the state was on the path to becoming a Talibani state. “Congressional Muslim Olaike has intensified the jihadis, who are killing Hindus openly and threatening the Prime Minister.”
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