Law enforcement authorities shut down the internet and banned large gatherings across regions of India after two Muslims recorded themselves murdering a tailor over an insult to Muhammed.
The two men brazenly confessed to their grisly crime in a second video where they explained that they were angry at the tailor for supporting a politician that had insulted the Islamic figure Muhammed.
They had pretended to be customers at Kanhaiya Lal's shop in the state of Rajasthan in the northwestern region of India. While the tailor was taking measurements of one of the pair, they slit his throat and attempted to behead him.
They were unsuccessful in completely severing the man's head from his body.
They recorded the killing on a cellphone and posted the video on social media, outraging people across the country.
In their second video they threatened a politician, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said the killing was a retaliation for comments made by former ruling party spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
“If this knife ever leaves my hand it’ll surely land on your neck," said one of the attackers, addressing Modi.
Police sent 600 officers to the region to quell the violence that erupted in the aftermath of the killings. Officials also shut down the internet for 24 hours and banned large gatherings for a month.
Sharma's comments had inspired international scorn after she said that Muhammed had taken a wife when she was only 6 years old. Some Muslim scholars deny that claim and say the woman was actually 18 to 21 years old at the time. Sharma's political party denounced her comments and disciplined her.
Police are investigating the two men for possible ties to the ISIS terrorist group.
While India is a majority Hindu state, millions of Muslims reside in the country and violence occasionally breaks out between the two religious groups.
Here's a local news video about the incident:
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