Rajasthan murder demonic: Mamata

Abhishek Banerjee at the candle-light march in Calcutta. (Pradip Sanyal)

Calcutta/Raiganj: Mamata Banerjee said on Friday the footage of Afrajul Khan's "demonic" killing had made her "sick" and urged the Bengal human rights panel to examine whether proceedings could be started over "this murder of humanity" in Rajasthan.

The anguish came hours after the Bengal chief minister announced Rs 3 lakh and a job for one person from the family of Khan, 49, a Malda native and migrant labourer killed on Wednesday by a lone assassin who made inflammatory comments. Footage of the murder was uploaded on social media.

"I came across the footage on Twitter. I could see a fire burning....In the shadows of the flames, it was a person burning. Burnt alive. It was sickening.... Not Hindu, not Muslim. It was the murder of humanity, a demonic incident," Mamata said at an event of the rights panel.

Mamata demanded "exemplary" action against the murder in the BJP-ruled state. "I think a case can be started here also because he (Khan) was a resident of Bengal."

In Rajasthan, police said Shambhulal Regar, 45, held for the murder, showed "no remorse". His family members claimed a Hindu girl from the area had eloped with a Muslim man known to Afrajul a few years ago. Regar had gone to Bengal and brought the girl back but had been receiving threats, the relatives said. "The family and locals have made contradictory statements," another officer said.

Trinamul sources said Mamata was "shaken to the core". "She kept saying that those who have created a situation where such incidents are taking place will have to answer the people of this country soon," said a source. Trinamul youth wing chief and Mamata's nephew Abhishek Banerjee led a candlelight protest in Calcutta. "These heinous crimes are taking place only in BJP-ruled states," he said.

Khan's widow Gulbaar Bibi said Mamata had "promised all help".

"I asked her to ensure justice," the mother of three said.


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