Muslim boy beheaded over an alleged affair

A 25-year-old Muslim youth, Arbaz Mulla was brutally murdered by a Hindutva group Ram Sena in Belagavi of Karnataka for allegedly having an interfaith love affair with a Hindu girl. Arbaz’s body was found beheaded near the railway tracks of Khanapur. “My brother received a call on 28 September from a Hindutva group named Ram Sena and he went to meet them. Hours after, Railway cops called us and said to us that Aebaz died of suicide and body is on the railway track,” Sameer Parshwadi, kin of deceased told Maktoob. He confirmed to Maktoob that there were continuous death threats from Hindutva groups including Ram Sena because of the love affair between the son of a Muslim family and the girl from a Hindu family. “My brother was getting death threats from Ram Sena. They warned my brother and said: ‘Leave her or else we will kill you.'” Sameer said. “It was not a suicide. It is a cold-blooded murder,” kin of Arbaz claimed. “His hands were tied with rope and his body was cut into different parts.” Najeema, mother of Arbaz in her complaint has alleged that the love affair between her son and the Hindu girl and subsequent death threats from Hindutva groups lead to her son’s death. In her FIR, Najeema has clearly named three persons Ram Sena’s men Pundalik Maharaj and Birje, and the woman’s father Kumbhar. Railway police have registered a case and investigating the matter. The investigation is underway based on the complaint.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

The FIR only mentions Sections 302, 201, and 34 of the IPC meant for murder, destruction of evidence, and common intention.

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Unsatisfactory Current status Under investigation
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Main Information
Date of incident: September 28, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Inter-religious marriage / elopement / affair
  • Number of people Killed 1
    Name of the victim : Arbaaz Mulla
    Name of Perpetrator Alleged Members of Ram Sena
    State Karnataka
    District/City Belgaum
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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