File photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (Photo: ANI)
Udaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday reached the house of Kanhaiya Lal, who was brutally murdered by two men. The Chief Minister spoke to Lal’s family members and relatives.
Officials said Gehlot was accompanied by party state president Govind Singh Dotasra, Revenue Minister Ramlal Jat, DGP ML Lather and other leaders and officials.
“National Investigation Agency (NIA) should take this matter to fast track court. The charge sheet should be filed at the earliest so that punishment can be awarded,” Gehlot told reporters after meeting Lal’s family members in Udaipur.
Tailor Lal was killed on Tuesday by two men, who posted videos online saying they were avenging the insult to Islam.
The incident led to sporadic incidents of violence in Udaipur and curfew was imposed in seven police station areas of the city. Lal’s last rites were performed on Wednesday in the presence of a large number of people.
Gehlot said that those who killed Lal themselves made the video and thus they themselves became eyewitnesses. He said, ‘The way this incident has happened, it has shook the country. The accused were caught and the police and the Special Operations Group (SOG) did a good job.
The CM said that the NIA has taken up the matter and the SOGs of the state police will cooperate with the probe agency. Asked about the failure of the police to provide security to Kanhaiya Lal despite the complainant, the CM said it would be clear in the NIA probe whether there was any failure on the part of the local police.
Meanwhile, heavy police force has been deployed in Udaipur to maintain law and order and two Additional Director Generals, a Deputy Inspector General and other senior officers are camping in the city to keep a watch on the situation, officials said.
Thousands of people took part in a protest rally here on Thursday to protest against the horrific murder of Lal. The ‘Sarva Hindu Samaj’ rally was called by Hindu organizations and was conducted peacefully from the Town Hall to the Collectorate with the permission of the District Administration.
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