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‘We call for full respect of all religions, ensuring different communities can live in harmony, peace’: UN spokesperson on Udaipur killing

Two men, identified as Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad, with a cleaver, hacked Kanhaiya Lal to death in Udaipur city and posted videos online that said they are avenging an insult to Islam. This has triggered communal violence in Rajasthan, forcing parts of the state in curfew

Muslim organisations, Union minister Naqvi condemn Udaipur killingUdaipur: Deserted streets amid restrictions following the murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal on Tuesday, in Udaipur, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (PTI Photo)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for the full respect of all religions and for ensuring that different communities can live in harmony and peace globally, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric  said amidst communal tensions in Rajasthan after the killing of a tailor in Udaipur.

Dujarric said this in response to a question on whether the UN chief has a comment on the “resurgence” of religious tensions in India following the killing of Kanhaiya Lal.

Two men, identified as Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad, with a cleaver,  hacked Lal to death in Udaipur city and posted videos online that said they are avenging an insult to Islam. This triggered stray cases of violence in the state. Under these circumstances, parts of Rajastahn were put under curfew. 

“We very much hope… we call for the full respect of all religions and for ensuring, throughout the world, that different communities can live in harmony and in peace,” Dujarric said at the daily press briefing on Wednesday, June 29.

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First published on: 30-06-2022 at 11:54:54 am
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