The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has condemned the cold-blooded killing of a tailor in Udaipur, saying “taking the law into your own hands is highly condemnable, regrettable and anti-Islamic”.
In a statement to the media, Hazrat Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Secretary General of AIMPLB, said: “It is a serious crime to defame and slander any religious figure. The disparaging remarks made by (the former) bearer BJP’s word, Nupur Sharma against the Prophet Muhammad are very painful for the Muslim community. The government’s inaction against this crime is nothing but stirring up our wounds. But despite this, no one can be allowed to doing justice and declaring someone a criminal and then murdering them is a highly reprehensible act.”
He further stated, “Neither the law nor Islamic Sharia allow it. The Indian Council of Muslim Personal Law strongly condemns the brutal murder incident in Udaipur.”
The council also called on the Muslim community to act patiently and not to take justice into their own hands and not to engage in such actions that could disrupt community harmony and social cohesion in the country.
“In this matter, the Council has not only consistently called on the Muslim community to be patient and only resort to legal channels, but also called on the government to say that this matter is very sentimental for Muslims and therefore , the government must enact a law against blasphemy for religious figures of all religions,” the AIMPLB statement read.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Tuesday condemned the Udaipur murder incident and called it against Islam and the law of the land.
“Maulana Halceemuddin Qasmi, General Secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, condemned the brutal murder incident in Udaipur apparently under the guise of insulting the Prophet (PBUH) and called it against the law of the land and against religion of Islam,” reads the statement from the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.
“Said that whoever perpetrated this incident cannot be justified in any way, it is against the law of the land and against our religion. In our country there is a system of law, no one has the right to make the law his own.” hands. Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi called on all citizens of the country to restrain their emotions and maintain peace in the country,” he added.
After the horrific murder of a tailor in Udaipur sparked outrage across the state, the government of Rajasthan on Tuesday announced the imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC in all districts for the coming month.
The state government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the case. The SIT includes the Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Special Operations Group Ashok Kumar Rathore, Inspector General of Police (IG), Counter Terrorism Squad (ATS), Prafulla Kumar and a non-commissioned officer Superintendent of Police (SP) and another Officer of rank SP.
Internet services were suspended statewide on Tuesday.
Udaipur Divisional Commissioner Rajendra Bhatt appealed to the people to keep the peace.
“We call on the people of Udaipur to keep the peace. Dependents (of victim Kanhaiya Lal) have been assured to be recruited by the ITU Job Placement Service, and the family will be paid Rs 5 lakh,” Bhatt said.
Police are on high alert in all districts of Rajasthan.
“In view of the prevailing situation, Article 144 has been imposed throughout the district as well as the state. Shanti March has been canceled by the organizers. We call on the people to maintain peace. The police leave has have been canceled and they have been asked to report. They are being deployed under law and order. We will ensure the peace is maintained and take strict action against those who try to disrupt it,” Ajmer said. SP Vikas Sharma at ANI.
According to government sources, an NIA team is likely to file a complaint under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after visiting the crime scene.
The incident happened in Maldas area of Udaipur. Shortly after committing the crime, two defendants posted a video on social media bragging about the beheading and also threatening the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, police said. The two accused were arrested hours after the incident.
One of the assailants, identified as Riyaz Akhtar, attacked Kanhaiya Lal with a sharp weapon while the other, Ghos Mohammad, recorded the crime on his mobile phone, police said.
The victim, a tailor, reportedly recently shared a social media post supporting Nupur Sharma, the former BJP spokesman who made controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad.
After the murder, local markets in the area were closed as traders demanded justice for the victim.
“The two accused have been arrested and the public order situation is under control. Some people were trying to get out of the alleys but were checked. Curfew imposed in nearby areas,” said Manoj Kumar, SP, Udaipur.
A statewide alert was also issued to all superintendents of police and inspectors general to increase force mobility and keep officers in the field.
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