Deserted streets, downed shutters as Udaipur remains on edge | Watch
Streets wore a deserted look and shops remained closed amid eerie calm in Udaipur on Wednesday, the first morning after a man was beheaded for supporting former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who was suspended from the party earlier this month for her controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
A video shared by ANI showed empty roads and downed shutters, with heavy police presence on the ground. At one point, a policeman is seen flagging down the person recording the video, presumably the news agency’s cameraperson.
Rajasthan’s lake city is the on the edge after the victim, Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor by profession, was hacked to death at 2:30pm on Tuesday inside his shop in the Maldas street area. The two killers, identified as Mohammad Riyaz Akhtari and Gaus Mohammed, entered the shop posing as customers; of the two, Akhtari repeatedly slashed Lal’s neck with a knife, while Mohammed filmed the grisly act.
The duo also threatened to physically harm prime minister Narendra Modi. They were later arrested by the police from the Rajsamand district.
Meanwhile, as tensions gripped the city and protests erupted against the killing, authorities clamped prohibitory measures in Udaipur, and across the state. Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot urged people to maintain peace and refrain from sharing the video of the killing. Gehlot also appealed to PM Modi to address the nation to calm down rising communal tensions.
Politicians, cutting across party lines, have condemned the incident and urged the Gehlot government to ensure speedy justice for the victim.
Amid the 'Bommai ouster' rumours in Karnataka, BJP General Secretary and state in-charge Arun Singh on Saturday stated that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai "is here to stay" and will lead the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Assembly election. Following this, the position of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, has been labelled as a "weak chief minister". This election will be fought under the leadership of Basavaraj Bommai assures Arun Singh.
Nationalist Congress Party leaders Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik and Sena leader Sanjay Raut, who have been arrested in money laundering cases by the Enforcement Directorate, are now lodged in Arthur Road Jail in three different barracks. Malik, who was arrested in February in a money laundering case, is currently admitted to the Criti Care Hospital in Kurla for treatment. He is admitted to a private hospital for the last two months.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday terminated four employees from service, including the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and wife of former militant Bitta Karate - amid probe over terror links, officials said on Saturday. Dr Muheet Ahmad Bhat, and Majid Hussain Qadiri - both of them linked to the University of Kashmir - are the two others employees who have been sacked.
Suspected militants targeted paramilitary CRPF with a grenade in Srinagar on Saturday, just a day ahead of Independence Day. A CRPF personnel was injured in the attack in the Old City, Eidgah. Srinagar police said that the CRPF personnel received minor injuries in the attack. Local reports said that the grenade was lobbed towards a CRPF bunker in Eidgah in which a sub-inspector of the CRPF was wounded.
Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said that within a year government will push the last nail in the coffin of terrorism. Sinha today laid the foundation stone of 25 District Development Council and Block Development Council buildings in J&K, besides inaugurating 1000 Amrit Sarovars across J&K UT, in a function at SKICC, Srinagar.