The Rajsamand Police in Rajasthan froze a bank account with deposits of around Rs 3 lakh on Tuesday, collected in the name of Shambhulal Regar, who was arrested for killing a Muslim labourer, burning his body and circulating a video of the incident, The Indian Express reported on Thursday.
The police have also arrested two businessmen for allegedly circulating images on social media of receipts acknowledging their donations.
“We have frozen the bank account in which money was being collected in the name of Regar,” Udaipur Range Inspector General Anand Srivastava told the daily. “Around Rs 3 lakh was deposited before the account was frozen. We will investigate those who deposited the money to check for any links with the accused.”
Unidentified police officials told The Indian Express that the money was donated by 516 people to the account being operated in the name of Regar’s wife Sita.
The Rajasthan government on Wednesday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 in Udaipur, after posts suggesting rallies and demonstrations in support of Regar started doing the rounds on Facebook. The order bans more than four people from assembling in an area.