The two men who killed on camera a tailor in Udaipur, Rajasthan, tried to flee the city on a motorcycle, their faces hidden by helmets, before police intercepted them.
Kanhaiya Lal, 48, was killed yesterday in his store by two men who filmed the crime, gloated about the killing “to avenge an insult to Islam” and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Treating it as a terrorist attack, the center asked the country’s leading counterterrorism group, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), to look into the case.
Gos Mohammad and Riyaz Akhtari, the two men seen in the video, were arrested last night.
The two men accelerated on a motorcycle on a highway on the outskirts of Udaipur as they tried to flee, Rajsamand police chief Sudhir Chaudhary told PTI.
A police team guarding the barricade stopped them. When the two tried to escape, the policemen caught up with them and arrested them. The whole thing could be seen in a video posted on Twitter by Congress social media coordinator Nitin Agrawal.
राजस्थान पुलिस ने उदयपुर हत्याकांड के दोनों हत्यारों को पकड़ लिया हैं ।— Nitin Agarwal (@nitinagarwalINC) June 28, 2022
राजस्थान पुलिस ने मौक़े पर ही खातिरदारी की है। अभी और भी ख़ातिरदारी होनी है।
यह कांग्रेस शासित राजस्थान हैं यहाँ असामाजिक तत्व बिल्कुल भी बर्दाश्त नहीं किये जायेगे।#Udaipur pic.twitter.com/kBflQ0qzdB
Kanhaiya Lal, father of two sons, ages 18 and 20, complained of death threats over his social media post in support of BJP leader Nupur Sharma, who was suspended by the party for her comments about the Prophet Muhammad on television.
The state government announced compensation of ₹ 31 lakh for the family and jobs for both sons.
A day after the violent protests, the situation in Udaipur is calm except for sporadic minor incidents, police said.
Kanhaiya Lal had published statements in support of Nupur Sharma a few weeks earlier. His wife said that after his reports, a complaint was filed against him and he was arrested; there have since been police-mediated talks between the tailor and the complainants, and the matter seems to have been settled when Kanhaiya Lal gave a written assurance that he did not want any further police assistance.