The Udaipur tailor, Kanhaiya Lal who was killed a gruesome manner had returned to his shop after days of absence, his wife told reporters before his funeral procession left their home.
Kanhaiya Lal had skipped work for several days after he received death threats over his social media posts, his wife, Jashoda told the reporters. Yesterday, he decided to attend the business again. He had been at work for a few hours when two men arrived, posing as customers.
Kanhaiya Lal, age 48, began measuring one of them; suddenly, he was attacked with a giant cleaver. The other man filmed the murder in gory detail. Then, both left the shop on a motorcycle, their faces covered to conceal their identity.
The accused men released two videos on social media - the first of Kanhaiya Lal's killing; the second, a confession that gloated about the murder, describing it as a beheading, and threatened that they would target the Prime Minister.
Kanhaiya Lal, about three weeks ago, had posted remarks in support of Nupur Sharma, who was a BJP spokesperson when she made offensive remarks about Prophet Mohammad in a televised debate. The comments triggered wide protests in India and condemnation from Gulf countries. The government sought to reassure them that the comments were of an individual and that India respects all religions.