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How "inflamed" Facebook posts led to murder and sectarian tensions in India

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UDAIPUR — 2 India A few weeks before a Hindu tailor was hacked and died by two Muslim men who filmed the act, after a rival tailor accused him of an "inflammatory" Facebook post to the Prophet Muhammad. He was temporarily detained by the police.

Kanhaiyalal Teli's son told Reuters that his enthusiastic remarks about the Prophet in a television debate were angry with the public in June.

"My dad was a very nice person and I had no problem with anyone," said Teri, who shaved his head according to Hindu customs after his parents died. Year-old son Yash. , Told Reuters. "Just reposting a post on Facebook killed him. Prior to this, Hindus and Muslims lived peacefully in the area."

In 2014 Since taking power, Modi's pursuit of the "Hindu First" agenda has heightened tensions in the Indian community, which has a terrifying history of Hindu and Islamic violence. Many Muslims, who make up 13% of the 1.3 billion population, complain that they feel marginalized because of Modi's policies.

A video of Teri murdered in the city of Udaipur in northwestern India was posted by his perpetrators, became a hot topic on social media, and shocked many in a Hindu-dominated country. Gave. Fearing communal violence, local governments banned large-scale rallies for a month and shut down Internet services.

A few days after being released from detention, Terry told police that some people were scouting his store and he was afraid of his life. said.

In a police complaint seen by Reuters, he said he knew that his photo had become viral in the WhatsApp group of Islamic communities and protection was provided.

Police officers said they were "relaxed" when Teri did not open the store for several days, although two police officers were deployed to the area after the complaint, subject to anonymity.

The tailor reopened on the weekend, his son said, and was killed on Tuesday.

Police say two Muslim men who slaughtered Teri and wielded a butcher knife while claiming responsibility for threatening Modi with the same fate were arrested and faced with terrorism charges. Stated. They worked in Udaipur, but Teri didn't know them, his son said.

Nevertheless, the video used tape to measure the chest of a bearded man just before he was attacked, so he shouldn't be suspicious. Showed that it looked like.

'LOOSE TONGUE'

In a very strong comment, the Supreme Court of India said on Friday that Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Nupur Sharma "alone" to create the situation. Responsible. " That led to the murder.

"When she and her tongue were loose, the whole country was on fire," Judge Surya Kant said in a police complaint against her across the country. I rejected Sharma's petition to put it together. "Her explosion is the cause of an unfortunate incident in Udaipur."

Political analysts and opposition parties have increased tensions between the two communities under the eight-year rule of Modi and BJP. He says he is starting.

The party says it works for everything, but doesn't believe in soothing any community for voting. It asked people to stay calm after the Udaipur incident.

Teli was reported to police on June 11 by a Muslim tailor Nazim Ahmed on a complaint seen by Reuters. Our Muslim society. For his "inflammatory post", legal action must be taken "against the criminal".

Reuters was unable to contact Ahmed because the phone was turned off. His store across from Terry has closed.

Police blocked the Muslim neighborhood where Ahmed lived and prevented journalists from approaching his family.

Opposition politicians blamed Teri's murder and sought swift justice, but BJP also hurt Muslims' feelings because it did not promote legal action against spokespersons. Says.

Alcalamba, the main opposition parliamentary party that governs Rajasthan, where Udaipur is located, said, "8 years of BJP rule has fed and supported monsters of South Asian denominations. ". The two BJP spokespersons did not answer their phone calls.

Teri's wife, Yashoda, blamed the police for her husband's death, with her face partially obscured.

"If the police helped us, he would have been alive," she said. "He had to reopen the store because we were running out of savings. Somewhere in his mind he was so much because my husband was friends with everyone, including Nazim. I wasn't worried. "(Additional report by Suchitra Mohanty in New Delhi, written by Krishna N. Das; edited by Raju Gopalakrishnan)