Hours after Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal was slain by two men, it was reported that he had been seeking police cover before the tragedy, and had been receiving threats after being bailed. Earlier in June, Kanhaiya Lal was arrested by the Rajasthan Police for his post on social media supporting now-exiled BJP leader Nupur Sharma. Kanhaiya was granted bail the very next day.

However, according to reports, Kanhaiya faced threats after he was released on bail, and back on June 15, he had also filed a written complaint at the police station. In his complaint, he alleged that he wasn’t being let to open his shop after being bailed and about 5-7 persons conducted recce of his shop.

He also alleged that one of the men, who later turned to be the accused in the matter, shared his picture and name on social media, threatening that if he opens his shop, he would be slain.

“Please take legal action and allow me to open my shop and ensure my security and protection,” Lal’s complaint read, as quoted in a News18 report.

Earlier on Tuesday, two men – Riyaz and Mohammad, were arrested in Rajsamand district for their involvement in the beheading of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. In the immediate aftermath, internet services were cut for 24 hours across Udaipur and prohibitionary measures were implemented.

The Facts of the Matter

A day after Kanhaiya Lal, a Hindu tailor in Udaipur was slain by two radical Muslim men over a social media post, new information has emerged in the matter. If new reports are to be believed, it appears that the beheading of Kanhaiya Lal could have been avoided had his request for police cover was approved.

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Why was Kanhaiya Lal Arrested?

Earlier this month, Kanhaiya Lal was arrested by the police for his social media post supporting Nupur Sharma. The social media post was shared on June 9. A day later, two people came to Kanahiya’s shop and asked for his phone to make a call. The two men then told Kanhaiya that an objectionable post was shared from his phone, and told him to not share such posts in future.

Complainant Filed FIR Over ‘Societal Pressure’

On June 11, Kanhaiya received a call from a local police station about a complaint that was filed against him by his neighbour, one Nazim. While Nazim told that he was made to file the FIR due to “societal pressure”, Kanhaiya told the police that he didn’t even know how to operate a phone, and the post was shared by his 10-year-old son who was playing a game.

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Getting Bail, Receiving Threats, Filing Complaint

Kanhaiya was arrested and was released on bail the very next day. However, he continued receiving threats after being released. On June 15, he again took to the police station and filed a written complaint, alleging that he wasn’t being let to open his shop.

In the complaint, Kanhaiya also alleged that Nazim also shared his picture and name on various social media groups, threatening that if he opens the shop, he will be killed.

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No Action Taken by Police, Matters Take Tragic Twist

Meanwhile, according to a News18 report, there was no action taken by the police despite a complaint seeking for protection. The report also states that the police tried to strike a compromise between the two sides, and asked both to lay low and be cautious for the days to come.

While Kanhaiya did keep his tailor shop closed for about a week, he did open it earlier on Tuesday. On the same fateful day, he was beheaded by accused Mohammad Riyaz Attari and Gaus Mohammad, who came to the shop on the pretext of getting clothes stitched.


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