Indian authorities tell social media sites to remove content glorifying murder

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The Indian government has asked social media platforms to immediately remove any content encouraging, glorifying or justifying the killing of a Hindu tailor.

A Hindu was murdered in his workshop in a town in northwest India, two Muslim men with machetes in the video claimed responsibility, raising tensions in the region.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said the removal of the content was necessary to prevent incitement and disturbance of public order and to restore public peace and harmony.

The incident happened yesterday, in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The day before the incident, an Indian working as a tailor posted a message on social media supporting suspended Bharatiya Janata party member Nupur Sharma. The politician was fired after making disparaging comments about the Prophet Muhammad during a televised debate.

A few days after the message was published, Riyaz Attari, a 38-year-old resident of Bhilwara, and Ghous Mohammed, a 39-year-old resident of Udaipur, attacked the man and cut off his head. The radicals then posted a video of the murder on WhatsApp.

The day after the beheading, Nupur Sharma said he received threats that he and his family would meet the same fate as tailor Kanhaiyu Lal.

The suspects have now been apprehended. Law enforcement authorities in India check whether the killers are affiliated with international terrorist organizations.

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