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Indian state on alert after man murdered over controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad

The murder of a man in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan has sparked religious tensions in the area.

The victim, a Hindu tailor named Kanhaiya Lal, was killed in Udaipur district on Tuesday by two Muslim men, who filmed the act and posted it online.

They claimed the act was in retaliation for the victim’s support for controversial remarks made by a politician on the Prophet Muhammad.

The government has suspended internet services and banned large gatherings. Rajasthan police officials have asked media outlets not to broadcast the video of the murder.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed to people to stay calm.

The federal government has asked the National Investigative Agency, India’s top anti-terrorism agency to investigate the incident.

The men posed as customers to enter Kanhaiya Lal’s shop, and attacked him while he was taking their measurements.

The victim had allegedly put up a social media post supporting former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma, who made controversial comments about the Prophet Muhammad last month.

Her comments sparked a diplomatic row with several Islamic countries registering their strong protests with India. The BJP subsequently suspended Ms Sharma from the party but a police action for slurring up communal tensions is still awaited.