A Hindu man in India made an attempt to collect money for a campaign against minority Muslims by issuing an appeal for donations with a video he filmed and uploaded online showing him killing a Muslim, police said on Thursday, Reuters informs.
The killing last week is the latest to upset India’s minority Muslims who were victims of attacks from mobs who blame them of killing cows, that Hindus consider sacred. Hindu fringe groups also use the campaign against Muslim men marrying Hindus.
The Hindu man, Shambu Lal Regar, has been detained on suspicion of hacking and burning a Muslim laborer in the western state of Rajasthan, the police said in a statement.
Regar had posted a video of the attack along with his bank details for donations to finance his anti-Muslim campaign, police officer Anand Shrivastava said.
More than 700 people from across India deposited 300,000 rupees ($4,665) into the account.
“The accused wanted to become a Hindu hero after killing a Muslim man, his main aim was to collect money after committing the hate crime,” Shrivastava said.
Regar’s video went viral on social media before authorities took it down. Police investigators had frozen the bank account and were tracking down donors, Shrivastava said.
Shrivastava said the video had showed Regar claiming to be a proud Hindu trying to stop “love jihad” – a term used by Hindu hardliners who accuse Muslim men of entrapping Hindu women and girls on the pretext of love in order to convert them to Islam.