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Jail video of lynch accused

Jodhpur: Two videos purportedly shot by Shambhu Lal Raigar, accused of hacking and burning to death a migrant labourer from Bengal, inside a jail here have gone viral, wherein he claims threat to his life from an inmate and justifies the murder over "love jihad".

Raigar, who is lodged in Jodhpur central jail after he murdered Mohammad Afrazul from Bengal last December, named the inmate as Vasudev, an accused in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

Vasudev hails from Bengal, claimed Raigar.

In one of the videos, Raigar claims that the issue of "love jihad" has become "serious" and accuses the Bengal government of not doing enough about it.

Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said it was being investigated how Raigar got access to a mobile phone inside the jail.

"It would be looked into how Raigar got access to a mobile phone and how he made the videos. We have lodged an FIR and are investigating the matter," he said.

Raigar had killed Afrazul while, in a video, ranting against "love jihad", a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men.

In the latest video, Raigar said he was "infuriated" over a "jihadist comment" targeting Hindu women, and that was why he killed Afrazul.

The Jodhpur central jail administration said it had launched an "intense search operation" to find out how Raigar was able to make the videos using a cellphone.

According to a preliminary investigation, Raigar could have used the cellphone of another inmate, but the jail authorities have failed to recover a mobile from that person.

Jail superintendent Vikram Singh said they were investigating the matter and had also reviewed Raigar's security.

Singh said the presence of mobile phones inside thejail was a "serious matter" and added that the prison authorities were trying to find out how the phones were making their way into the prison.

Raigar was arrested from Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. His killing of Afrazul and filming the act with the help of his teenage nephew had created a nationwide outrage. PTI

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