Rajasthan 'love jihad' burning: Unrepentant accused now claims victim threatened to kill his family

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Rajasthan 'love jihad' burning: Unrepentant accused now claims victim threatened to kill his family

Shambunath Raigar, who was filmed burning a Muslim man alive, said, "I do not think I committed a crime."

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Shambunath Raigar was filmed burning a Muslim man alive in Rajasthan's Rajsamand district. In another video, he said he killed the man to save a girl from "love jihad."

And he doesn't think he committed a crime.

"I do not think I committed a crime," Shambunath said at the Delwara police station, where he underwent intensive interrogation by Rajsamand police. "He (Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh) committed the crime of threatening to kill my entire family."

Raigar, who was arrested Thursday, made statements which revealed the possibility of a girl being at the centre of his enmity with Mohammed Bhatta Sheikh.

"He had eloped with a girl of our colony. I helped in bringing her back, that is why. The video was made through my nephew. Yes, I knew the girl since childhood. I used to study with her brother," Shambunath said.

The police told India Today that Shambunath Raigar's nephew, a minor, had been detained for questioning.

Police say he was involved in making Raigar's videos.

"In this case, the police has arrested the main accused, Shambunath Raigar. This is a very very brutal crime,"  Udaipur Range IG  Anand Srivastava told India Today.

"So, we are collecting all possible evidences so that in due course of law, most stringent action against the culprit is taken. We have detained few couple of people," he added.

"We are trying to get the correct story. And we have arrested this Shambunath and we have detained a relative of his who is a minor boy, who made all these videos."

Anand Srivastava and several other senior police officials were present at the Delwara police station during Raigar's interrogation.

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