Hindu man films himself hacking Muslim labourer to death and setting him on fire

Shambu Lal Raigar

Police in India have arrested a Hindu man who filmed himself hacking a Muslim labourer to death before he set the victim on fire.

Press Trust of India reported on Thursday that the arrest came after the perpetrator shared the horrific video of Mohammad Afrazul being hacked to death and then set on fire.

TV reports aired the video of the victim lying on the ground while a man in the foreground threatened Muslim.

The killing took place in the western state of Rajasthan.

Police say the suspect, Shambu Lal Raigar, was angry over inter-religious marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men. It wasn’t clear why Mr Afrazul was singled out.

The killing is the most recent in a spate of attacks on Muslims, since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept national elections in 2014.

Most of the violence against Muslims involved Hindu vigilante groups that have become increasingly active in towns and cities across India.

Muslims make up about 14 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion population while Hindus make up about 80 per cent of the population.

Most of the attacks on Muslims were connected to the trade in cows, which many of India’s Hindus consider sacred.

Human Rights Watch has counted seven acts of mob violence killing at least 10 Muslims over allegations of trading cows for beef. Cow slaughter is banned in most parts of India.

In the western state of Rajasthan in April, Muslim Pehlu Khan was lynched by a mob as he transported cattle he had bought at an animal fair back to his home state of Haryana.

Mr Khan and his family were small dairy farmers.

Thousands of copies of a controversial booklets were distributed to students at an event in Rajasthan warning Hindu girls of “love jihad”.

Religious conversion to Islam has become a worrying issue for Hindu nationalists in recent years.

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