August 20
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India's government has asked social media platforms to immediately remove content that encourages, glorifies or justifies the murder of a Hindu tailor.

A Hindu man was murdered in his atelier in a city in northwest India, two Muslim men with machetes in the video claimed responsibility for it, raising tensions in the area.

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

The incident happened yesterday, in Udaipur, Rajasthan. On the eve of the incident, an Indian working as a tailor posted a message on social media in support of suspended Bharatiya Janata Party member Nupur Sharma. The politician was fired after making derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad during a televised debate.

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

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

The suspects have now been apprehended. Law enforcement authorities in India are checking to see if the killers are affiliated with international terrorist organizations.

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