Udaipur Kanhaiya Lal Murder Case – Link to Pakistan and Strange Link to The Kashmir Files

A crowd gathers outside the shop of a tailor who was killed, as police investigate in Udaipur, India, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Photo: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, was brutally murdered in Udaipur
  • The two assailants used sharp cleavers to repeatedly assault and chop him to death
  • Kanhaiya Lal had gotten in trouble for a social media post supporting Nupur Sharma’s remark about the Prophet Muhammad
  • One of the attackers is linked to Pakistan’s Dawat-e-Islami and traveled to Karachi in 2014
Two assailants, Ghaus Mohammad and Riyaz Attari, were arrested on Wednesday after the duo brutally murdered a tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, in Udaipur for supporting Nupur Sharma’s remark on the Prophet Muhammad.

The tailor had apparently made a Facebook post supporting Nupur’s comments for which he was arrested on June 10 and then released on bail on June 15. Kanhaiya Lal defended himself by claiming that he does not know how to use smartphones and that his 9-year-old son posted it by mistake. Nonetheless, Lal began receiving threatening messages on June 17, which he reported to the police.

In an attempt to defuse the situation, the parties involved were called to the local police station to resolve the issue. From the barbaric incident, it appears that the situation was underestimated by the cops and Assistant Sub-Inspector Bhanwarlal of Dhan Mandi Police Station was suspended for negligence.

The final reality is now stained with blood and horror. According to the post-mortem report, a total of 26 blows were delivered including 10-12 around the neck, showing the extreme rage and raw brutality. The attackers had, in fact, initially attempted to behead Kanhaiya but failed. They showed no remorse and instead were seen gloating over their act while brandishing their cleavers and also heard threats being made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Considering the wickedness of the act, the angle of terror is probed and the case has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency. During a press conference on Wednesday, DGP of Rajasthan ML Lather revealed that one of the two, Ghaus Mohammad, had close ties to the radical Dawat-e-Islami organization in Pakistan and had visited Karachi in 2014. Security forces will investigate further information about the visit and also try to probe if there are other international links, including a footprint of organizations like ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. In the past, some links with IS have been established with young people from Kashmir and Kerala.
Apart from the terrorist and Pakistani angle, what has come to light is that Kanhaiya Lal’s name, location as well as a photo to establish his identity was leaked to community groups and made viral by a neighbor called Nazim , who had filed a complaint against him in the first place.

Later, Lal complained that Nazim visited his store and threatened to open it. While Nazim’s role in the whole conspiracy has yet to be probed, a strange analogy haunts an incident depicted in the film – The Kashmir Files.

In the 1990s, a young valley engineer, BK Ganjoo, was reportedly betrayed by militants, who killed him after receiving information about his location. Neighbor Abdul, however, later denied leaking the information and allegedly said he and his family had also become targets of terrorists. However, Ganjoo’s family maintains that it was their neighbor who gave BK. Similarly, another Kashmiri Pandit Girija Tickoo was given away by locals as she went to collect her salary.

Harry D. Gonzalez