The murder of a Hindu man in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan has sparked religious tensions in the area.
The victim, a tailor named Kanhaiya Lal, was killed in Udaipur district yesterday by two Muslim men, who filmed the act and posted it online.
They claimed the act was in retaliation for the victim’s support for controversial remarks made by a politician on the Prophet Muhammad.
The government has suspended internet services and banned large gatherings.
The police have arrested the two men, who had identified themselves in the video.
In another video, they boasted about the murder and also issued threats to Prime Minister Narendra Modi while brandishing cleavers. A top Rajasthan police official asked media outlets not to broadcast the video of the murder as it was “too grisly to watch”.
The victim had allegedly put up a social media post supporting former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who made controversial comments about the Prophet Muhammad last month.
Her comments sparked a diplomatic row with several Islamic countries registering their strong protests with India. The BJP subsequently suspended Ms Sharma from the party.