Lucknow: The All India Muslim Personal Law Commission (AIMPLB) condemned the cold-blooded murder of a seamstress in Udaipur and said that “the use of the law on its own is highly condemnable, regrettable and against Islam”. In a statement to the media, Hazrat Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani, Secretary General of AIMPLB, said: “It is a serious crime to smear and slander any religious figure. The offensive words of (former) BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma against the Prophet Muhammad are very painful for the Muslim community. The government’s inaction in the face of this crime is nothing more than to open our wounds. But despite this, no one can be allowed to take justice on their own and declare someone a criminal and then murder them is a deeply reprehensible act. He added: “Neither the law nor the Islamic Sharia allow it. The All India Islamic Personal Law Commission strongly condemns the brutal murder in Udaipur.
The council also urges the Muslim community to act patiently, not to let justice fall into their hands and not to engage in actions that may 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 use only legitimate channels, but also called on the government to say that the matter is very sentimental towards Muslims and therefore, the government must enact anti-blasphemy laws against religious figures of all religions,” the AIMPLB statement read.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Tuesday condemned the killing in Udaipur and called it against Islam and the laws of the land. in Udaipur apparently with the pretext of insulting the Prophet (PBUH) and calling him against the law of the land and against the religion of Islam,” Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s statement read.
“Had said whoever caused this incident cannot be justified in any way, it is against the law of the land and against our religion. In our country already has a legal system, no one has the right to take justice into his or her hands. Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi urges all citizens of this country to restrain their emotions and maintain peace for the country,” he added.
After the gruesome murder of a seamstress in Udaipur caused outrage across the state, the Rajasthan government on Tuesday announced the imposition of Section 144 of the Penal Code in all districts within the next month.
The state government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the incident. The SIT consists of the Additional Superintendent of Police (ADG), Special Operations Group Ashok Kumar Rathore, Inspector General of Police (IG), Counter-Terrorism Team (ATS), Prafulla Kumar, and a Director non-commissioned officer. Police Officer (SP) and another SP Level Officer.
Internet services were suspended statewide on Tuesday. Udaipur Division Commissioner Rajendra Bhatt urged the people to keep the peace. “We urge the people of Udaipur to keep the peace. The dependents (of victim Kanhaiya Lal) have been assured of being employed by the ITU Employment Service and the family will receive a compensation of Rs 5 lakh.” Bhatt said.
Police are on high alert in every district of Rajasthan. Given the prevailing situation, Section 144 has been applied to the entire district as well as the state. Shanti March has been canceled by the organizers. We urge everyone to keep the peace. The leave of the police officers has been canceled and they are required to report. They are implemented as part of law and order. We will ensure that peace is maintained and will take strict measures against those who try to disturb it,” Ajmer SP Vikas Sharma told ANI.
According to government sources, an NIA team is likely to file a complaint under the provisions of the Unlawful Activity Prevention (Prevention) Act after visiting the crime scene. The incident happened in the Matildas area of Udaipur. Shortly after committing the crime, the two defendants posted videos on social media bragging about the beheading and also threatening the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, police said.
The two defendants were arrested a few hours after the incident. One of the attackers, 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 seamstress, is said to have recently shared a social media post in support of Nupur Sharma, a 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 victims. The two accused were arrested and the public order situation was under control. Some people tried to get out of the alleys but were checked. Manoj Kumar, SP, Udaipur said. A statewide alert has also been issued to all police chiefs and inspectors general to increase force mobility and keep officers at the scene.