Ajmer Dargah head terms Rajsamand murder a ‘Talibani act of terror’

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The spiritual head of the Ajmer sufi shrine, Syed Jainul Abedin Ali Khan, Monday termed as “a blot on civil society” the brutal murder of a Muslim migrant labourer from West Bengal in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.

A video of the act had gone viral after the alleged accused, Shambu Lal Regar, uploaded it on the social media. He was arrested within a day of the murder.

“An incident like this is a blot on the entire society. The way the killer ensured that the video of the killing was uploaded on social media had a glimpse of Talibani terror,” the Dargah Diwan said in a statement.

Khan, who is also Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hassan Chishti’s great grandson, further said that “cruel murder” would “sow the seed of hatred in the country”. Such acts, he said, foment religious sentiments. “Strongest possible action should be taken against accused to set an example so that such acts are not repeated and there’s mutual respect and brotherhood in society,” the statement read.

Comparing the act of killing the migrant labourer Mohammed Afrazul and filming the whole episode to “Talibani terrorism”, the Dargah Diwan said, “The Talibani terrorists also kill innocent people in this manner and circulate videos on social media to spread terror.”

He said it was a matter of concern that people of a country, known for “the Ganga – Jamuni tehzeeb (culture)” were are becoming so violent. “Society and political parties need to introspect which direction our country was going in. We are turning into animals,” the statement read.

In the statement, the spiritual head said the Rajsamand case was “heart wrenching and such brutality could not be acceptable to a civil society”. The state government should take swift and strict action against the accused because such acts vitiate the atmosphere, he said, adding, “Communal elements try to cash in on such sensitive issues to spread hatred”.

The Dargah Diwan also appealed to all responsible citizens and religious organizations to condemn the heinous act. He also announced an assistance of Rs 51,000 to the next of kin of Afrazul from the Hazrat Khwaja Moinnudin Hassan Chishti Trust.

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