The Rajasthan Police on Thursday detained a man who had allegedly published a post on Facebook in support of Shambhulal Regar, who was arrested for killing a Muslim labourer, burning his body in Rajasmand and circulating a video of the incident.
The police detained Updesh Rana under Section 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in Jaipur soon after he arrived from Uttar Pradesh. He had created a Facebook post asking asking people to participate in a rally to support Regar.
Rana was scheduled to leave for the rally in Udaipur on Thursday, a police official said.
On Tuesday, the Rajsamand Police in Rajasthan froze a bank account with deposits of around Rs 3 lakh on Tuesday, collected in Regar’s name. Regar was charged with disrupting religious harmony and criminal conspiracy, in addition to the charges of murder and destruction of evidence already against him, senior police officials told Scroll.in.
Regar said he murdered Mohammad Afrazul to save a Hindu woman from love jihad – a term Hindutva groups often use to accuse Muslim men of entrapping Hindu women on the pretext of love to eventually convert them to Islam. But the Rajasthan Police refuted his allegations.