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In Rajasthan 'love jihad' burning, a twist: Accused's ex-girlfriend lived with victim

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From: IndiaToday By: PTI Published at: December 7, 2017
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In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that Shambhunath Raigar, the accused in Rajasamand 'Love Jihad' burning case knew the victim for sometime.

Victim Mohammed Bhatta Shaikh was from West Bengal and as per information, living with a woman Shambhunath was earlier in relationship with. This adds a personal angle to this murder which the accused had claimed to have committed to 'save the girl from love jihad'

Shaikh was set on fire allegedly by Shambunath and a video of the act was put on the social media. The entire act was carried out seemingly in a cold blooded manner by Shambunath.

Shambunath Raigar was arrested by the district police from Kelva region in Rajsamand.

After the first video, another video of Shambunath had surfaced in which he admitted to committing the crime and also mentioned that he will surrender.

Senior police official, IG Anand Srivastava of Udaipur Range, has been camping in Rajsamand to keep an eye on the law and order situation prevailing there after the incident.

The entire incident happened on Dev heritage road in Rajnagar area of Rajsamand.

The police had initially received information about the semi-burnt body of a man being found. Senior police officials including SP Manoj Kumar, ASP Manish Tripathi, DSP Rajendra Singh reached the location and found a badly disfigured body. A team of FSL, dog squad was summoned.

The police also asked people in the nearby areas to identify the person. The man in the video was identified by some as Mohammed Bhatta Shaikh.

An agricultural equipment used in the murder along with the victim's bike and footwear was found at the location of the murder

The video that surfaced on social media showed Shambhu Nath Raigar hitting the victim, Mohammad Bhatta Sheikh. In the video, it can be seen that initially the perpetrator hits the man with an agricultural equipment, then pours kerosene on his body and burns him. Raigar can be seen mentioning that those who indulge in 'love jihad' will meet the same fate.

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