Rajasthan Muslim labour murder: Killer raised Rs 3 lakh with video says police
Shambu Lal Regar tried to raise money for a campaign against minority Muslims by issuing an appeal for donations with a video he took and posted online showing him killing a Muslim, police said on Thursday.
Accused has been arrested on suspicion of hacking and burning a Muslim labourer in Rajasthan, police said.
Regar had posted a video of the attack along with his bank details for donations to finance his anti-Muslim campaign, police officer Anand Shrivastava said.
The accused wanted to become a Hindu hero after killing a Muslim man, his main aim was to collect money after committing the hate crime,” said Shrivastava.
Regar’s video went viral on social media before authorities took it down. Police investigators had frozen the bank account and were tracking down donors, Shrivastava said.
More than 700 people from across India deposited 300,000 rupees into the account.
Shrivastava said the video had showed Regar claiming to be a proud Hindu trying to stop “love jihad” - a term used by Hindu hardliners who accuse Muslim men of entrapping Hindu women and girls on the pretext of love in order to convert them to Islam.
The killing last week is the latest to roil India’s minority Muslims who have faced attacks from mobs who accuse them of killing cows, which Hindus consider sacred.