Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot Meets Udaipur Victim’s Family, Gives ₹ 51 lakh Compensation

Ashok Gehlot

The victim’s son said the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has assured the family that they will get state protection. He demanded that the killers be hanged.

Udaipur, Rajasthan: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, along with the state’s top officials and Congress MLAs, today visited the family of Kanhaiya Lal, the tailor who was murdered on Tuesday, at their home in Udaipur. He handed over a cheque of ₹ 51 lakh to the family as compensation.

Interacting with the media after his visit, Mr. Gehlot said he would speak to  Union Home Minister Amit Shah as well and request that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) complete its probe in the case within a month. This is a heinous murder that has shaken not just the state but the entire country, he said and went on to commend the state police for swiftly arresting the accused and finding out their international links.

The victim’s son said the Chief Minister has assured the family that they will get state protection. He demanded that the killers be hanged. “Nothing less than that, the accused must be hanged to death,” he said.

Kanhaiya Lal was killed by two cleaver-wielding men who filmed the gruesome murder and later bosted about it in a video. He was at his shop in the city’s busy Dhan Mandi market when the attackers Gos Mohammad and Riyaz Akhtari walked in posing as customers before attacking him.

According to police sources, The post-mortem report revealed there were 26 stab wounds on the body of the 46-year-old tailor However, it is not clear whether all the injuries were caused by the cleaver.

One of the men struck him with a cleaver as the other man filmed the murder on his mobile phone. The killers tried to behead him but couldn’t, the police said. The neck was slit but the head was not severed.

Mr. Gehlot has appealed to the citizens of Rajasthan to help maintain law and order in the state. He also urged religious leaders, representatives of the people, and social activists to appeal to people to ensure peace in society.

The murder made national headlines and triggered tension in Rajasthan’s Udaipur. A terror investigation has also been ordered by the Centre after investigations revealed the killer’s connection with a Pakistan-based group.

Massive protests against the killers also took place near the crime scene today. Soon the protests turned violent and stones were pelted.

However, the police managed to control the situation.


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