A large mob outside the Jaipur court on Saturday attacked the four accused in the gruesome murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal. The crowd outside the court kicked, slapped and hurled abuses as they were being taken to a prisoner vehicle after being produced in court.
The clothes of one of the four accused were also torn, and the agitated lawyers raised slogans against Pakistan and demanded the capital punishment for them.
The police quickly put the accused in a waiting van and averted major injury.
Kanhaiya Lal, 48, was murdered on Tuesday by two men for supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma. The killers, Riaz Akhtari and Gos Mohammad, filmed the killing. Later, they put out another video in which they bragged about the murder and also threatened to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Akhtari and Mohammad were arrested hours after the killing. Two more people, who were allegedly involved in a recce of Kanhaiya's shop and in the alleged conspiracy to kill him, were also arrested later.
The four accused were presented at an National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Jaipur on Saturday. There were heavy police arrangements on the court premises and several lawyers shouted slogans like "Pakistan Murdabad" and "Kanhaiya ke hatyaron ko fansi do" (give death sentence to Kanhaiya's killers).
The court on Saturday also granted the custody of the killers to the NIA till July 12.
Days before his killing, Kanhaiya Lal had told the local police that he had received threats over a social media post shared from his account, apparently "supporting" suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma's remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
The anti-terror probe agency is also investigating the killing of a chemist in Maharashtra's Amravati, after it emerged it might be linked to his social media posts supporting Nupur Sharma.