Indian police arrest two men accused of beheading a Hindu on camera

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Indian police have arrested two men for beheading a Hindu tailor over his support for a former government official whose remarks about the Prophet Muhammad sparked global protests.

Authorities in the western city of Udaipur shut down the internet and restricted gatherings after a bloody video of the attack was posted online, attracting large numbers of viewers.

Nupur Sharma, spokesperson for the right-wing Bharatiya Janata party that ruled India until she was sacked this month, sparked uproar across the Islamic world when she commented on the relationship between the Prophet and his youngest wife in a TV show.

The remarks sparked widespread protests in India and abroad, with Muslims demanding that she be harshly punished.

“The two accused of the murder have been arrested and we will ensure strict punishment and swift justice,” Ashok Gehlot, chief minister of the state of Rajasthan, where Udaipur is located, said on Twitter.

Mr Gehlot called on people to stay calm and not share the video as it would “serve the attackers’ motive of creating discord in society”.

People took to the streets in anger.(Reuters: ANI)

According to local media, the victim was a tailor who shared a message supporting Ms Sharma about 10 days ago and had since received death threats.

The assailants came to his shop posing as customers before attacking him with large knives.

Authorities on Tuesday dispatched additional police to Udaipur to counter any religious unrest.

Ms Sharma has not been seen in public since her remarks sparked an outcry and sent India into a diplomatic storm, with governments in nearly 20 countries calling on Indian envoys for an explanation.

The row follows anger across the Muslim world in 2020 after French President Emmanuel Macron defended a satirical magazine’s right to publish caricatures of the prophet.

Images of the prophet are strictly prohibited in Sunni Islam.

French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in October 2020 by a Chechen refugee after showing the cartoons to his class during a lesson on freedom of expression.

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Riots break out in India following remarks by the Prophet Muhammad.

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