- Mohammed Afrajul was hacked, burnt by man on video
- Killer accused Afrajul of "love jihad", launched a communal rant
- Protests in Kolkata by Trinamool, Left and Congress supporters
His body arrived at his village by road from Rajasthan around 6:30 pm in a wooden casket. Policemen were posted in the village, over 300 km from Kolkata, since the afternoon, led by the superintendent of police and the district magistrate to ensure there was no unrest.
There was no trouble, only shock and horror at Mohammed Afrajul's death and a few demands for a CBI probe into the case and death by hanging of the man who murdered him. Shambhulal Regar, who also had the killing recorded on video, was arrested on Thursday.
In Kolkata, protests took to the streets. A candle-light rally was taken out by Mamata Banerjee nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee from Hazra More to the Gandhi statue in the heart of the city to condemn the murder.
"The BJP government in the state and the Narendra Modi government at the centre cannot shrug off responsibility for what has happened. Those who have got this done are trying to destroy the secular fabric of the country. I appeal to people not to dance to the tune of communal elements and become communal animals," said Mr Banerjee.
Also taking a shot at the Trinamool, Mr Chakraborty said, "If you die of drinking spurious liquor in Bengal, you get Rs 2 lakh in compensation." The reference was to the Rs 3 lakh offered to the family.
Congress too held several protests in the city. The state Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury will go to Malda tomorrow to meet Afrajul's family. So will half a dozen senior Trinamool leaders including Firhad Hakim, Suvendu Adhikari, Sougata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and others.
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