Rights groups blame India officials after man killed in video

By Susan McFarland  |  Dec. 7, 2017 at 10:37 AM
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Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A videotaped killing of an India man has surfaced online, sparking outrage from several rights groups who demanded on Thursday the resignation of Rajasthan's chief minister and home minister.

The groups -- including the Peoples' Union for Civil Liberties, the National Muslim Women Welfare Society and others -- say leaders are not protecting Muslims from hate crimes that have plagued the state in the last year. In a statement, they accused chief minister Vasundhara Raje and home minister Gulab Chand Kataria of neglecting to punish those who carry out the attacks, the Hindustan Times reported.

A number of Muslims have died in attacks in the state's Rajsamand district within the last year. In one incident this April, members of a cow protection group lynched a cattle trader, the statement said.

This latest killing, which was videotaped and posted online, shows the killer leading the man to a spot in the woods. Police say the man killed may have been led to believe he was there for a job, NDTV reported.

The recent videos show the killer repeatedly hacking the man with a pickax and then burning his body while ranting against Muslims. Police arrested a man they believe to be the killer and his 14-year-old nephew, who they suspect filmed the clips.

Police believe a half-burnt body they found near a road in Rajsamand could be the victim, a 45-year-old father of three from West Bengal who had worked in Rajasthan for 20 years.

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