4 hour curfew break today, internet still suspended

Kanhaiya Lal, 48, was murdered on Tuesday


As Udaipur returns to normal after the horrific murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal, the administration has announced that the curfew will be eased for four hours today. Internet services are still suspended.

Amid the precarious calm of the city, a Jagannath Yatra was held peacefully yesterday under strict security measures.

Kanhaiya Lal, 48, was murdered on Tuesday by two men who filmed the murder. Later, Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad released another video in which they bragged about the murder and also threatened to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Both were arrested and five others were detained. Both were taken into custody for 14 days.

Udaipur police have been criticized for failing to provide security for Kanhaiya Lal after he complained of threats on a social media post supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma, whose comment on the Prophet Muhammad sparked massive outrage.

As many as 32 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, including the Inspector General and Superintendent of Udaipur Police, have been transferred following the murder.

The Union Home Office has handed over the investigation of the sensitive case to the country’s main counter-terrorism agency, the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The killers had links to the Pakistani group Dawat-e-Islami and one of them also visited Karachi in 2014, according to investigators.

The tailor’s murder was a planned act of terror and more people were involved, Rajasthan Police Chief ML Lather said.

“The main defendants were in contact with the Dawat-e-Islami organization. One of them also traveled to Karachi in Pakistan in 2014 to meet with the organization. We consider this an act of terror,” did he declare.

Mr Lather said an assistant sub-inspector had been suspended for failing to take appropriate action to prevent the incident.

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