The two men who murdered a tailor in Rajasthan's Udaipur on camera tried to escape the city on a motorcycle, their faces concealed by helmets, before the police intercepted them.
Kanhaiya Lal, 48, was murdered in his shop yesterday by two men who filmed the crime, gloated about the killing "to avenge the insult of Islam" and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Treating it as a terror attack, the centre has asked the country's frontline anti-terror group National Investigation Agency, or NIA, to take over the case.
Gos Mohammad and Riyaz Akhtari, the two men seen in the video, were arrested last night.
The two men sped the bike on a highway on the outskirts of Udaipur as they tried to escape, Rajsamand police chief Sudheer Chaudhary told news agency PTI.
A police team guarding a barricade flagged them down. When the two tried to escape, the police overpowered them and arrested them. All this was seen on a video tweeted by Congress social media coordinator Nitin Agrawal.
राजस्थान पुलिस ने उदयपुर हत्याकांड के दोनों हत्यारों को पकड़ लिया हैं ।— Nitin Agarwal (@nitinagarwalINC) June 28, 2022
राजस्थान पुलिस ने मौक़े पर ही खातिरदारी की है। अभी और भी ख़ातिरदारी होनी है।
यह कांग्रेस शासित राजस्थान हैं यहाँ असामाजिक तत्व बिल्कुल भी बर्दाश्त नहीं किये जायेगे।#Udaipurpic.twitter.com/kBflQ0qzdB
Kanhaiya Lal, a father of two sons, 18 and 20, had complained about death threats over his social media post in support of BJP leader Nupur Sharma, who was suspended by the party over her comments on Prophet Muhammad on TV.
The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 31 lakh for the family and jobs for both sons.
A day after violent protests, the situation is calm in Udaipur except for sporadic minor incidents, the police said.
Kanhaiya Lal had posted remarks in support of Nupur Sharma a few weeks ago. His wife said that after his posts, a complaint was filed against him and he was arrested; that was followed by police-mediated sessions between the tailor and the complainants and the matter seemed settled with Kanhaiya Lal giving a written assurance that he did not want further assistance from the police.
But soon after, he began receiving death threats, which he escalated to the local police.