The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in a notice made public on Friday, directed social media platforms to remove content which encourages, glorifies or justifies brutal murder in Udaipur. "Through this notice, you are directed to forthwith ensure that as part of your obligation of due diligence, safety and trust, you proactively and immediately remove any and all content, either in the form of a text message, audio, video, photo or any other form, that seem to encourage/glorify/justify this murder and killing with a view to prevent any incitement and disruption of public order and to restore public peace and harmony," the notice dated June 29 said. This order comes amid reports of social media handles and accounts glorifying and justifying the murder after the video of the killing was posted online.
The Supreme Court, on Friday, said former BJP leader Nupur Sharma's outburst was responsible for the unfortunate incident in Udaipur, where Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor who was killed by two men over a post in which he supported Sharma amid the Prophet remark row. Coming down heavily on Sharma, the top court said she “is single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country” and that “she must apologise to the country”.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot met the family members of Lal. Gehlot appealed to people to maintain peace even as the state saw unrest over the killing of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. "I want to assure you that no criminal will be spared irrespective of any religion or community," he said in a tweet.
Here are the key developments from Udaipur:
* The assailants have been apprehended from Rajsamand district.
* As the city remains tense following the murder of a tailor, Internet services have been suspended in Rajasthan for 24 hours and Section 144 has been imposed statewide for a month.
* Curfew has been imposed in seven police station areas of Udaipur from 8 pm till further orders. Udaipur Collector Tarachand Meena issued the order to impose curfew in seven police station areas of Dhan Mandi, Ghanta Ghar, Hathi Pole, Amba Mata, Suraj Pole, Bhupalpura and Savina police stations.
* Around 600 police personnel have been sent to Udaipur to maintain law and order, and internet services have been snapped in the area.
*The Centre is treating the killing of a tailor in Udaipur as a terror attack and dispatched a team of the anti-terror probe agency NIA on Tuesday night, officials were quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Prima-facie it looks like a terror attack, an official said on condition of anonymity. The case is likely to be handed over to the NIA for probe after registration of a case under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
* Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has condemned the “heinous murder”, terming it as a proof of the gruesome form of bigotry. He also assured strict punishment for those involved in the crime. Gehlot further said there is communal tension in the country and the prime minister should address the people.