The police have identified the half-charred body as that of Mohammed Afrazul, 48, from Malda in West Bengal.
In the video, the accused, identified as Shambhu Lal Regar, was seen beating the victim and later setting him on fire. The accused was also seen next to the burning body making threats on “love jihad”. Regar was seen saying that those who indulge in ‘love jihad’ would meet the same fate.
According to Indian Express report, Ramsumer Meena, SHO of Rajnagar police station said “The half-charred body was found near Rajsamand… around 1 pm on Wednesday and the deceased was identified as Mohammad Afrazul. Later, a video of the murder went viral on social media,”.
During preliminary investigations, we have come to know that one of the videos in which Regar makes the inflammatory statements was shot in a local temple a little while after he murdered Afrazul,” Additional Director-General of Police, crime, Pankaj Kumar Singh was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
“Afrazul worked at Rajsamand as a labourer and his family also lives here. The motive of the murder is not clear. We will know that only after we apprehend Regar. Multiple police teams are searching for him,” said SHO Meena.
He added that a two-wheeler belonging to Afrazul was found at the spot of the crime. Extra police forces have been deployed in the district to maintain law and order , he said.
The Rajnagar police have registered a case under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearing of evidence) of the IPC.
On 19 November, a controversial booklet and a pamphlet warning Hindu girls of ‘love jihad’ were allegedly distributed at a stall in an Hindu spiritual and service fair in Jaipur, prompting the police to order an inquiry.
Amid claims that the material was handed out at a stall of Bajrang Dal, its coordinator Ashok Singh had said that it was not distributed from their stall.
Similar propaganda was initiated by Bajrang Dal in Uttar Pradesh last week. VHP leader Gopal even warned Muslims youths over inter-religious marriage by claiming they will send Bajrang Dal youths to attract Muslim girls if Muslims don’t stop love jihad.