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Telangana: 2 Muslim men arrested for murder of Dalit man after inter-faith marriage

Telangana police have arrested two Muslim men Syed Mobin Ahmed and Mohammed Masood Ahmed in connection with the cold blood murder of a 25-year-old Dalit man who had recently married a Muslim woman.

One of the arrestees is the kin of the Muslim woman and according to the police, they committed the murder as they did not approve of the inter-faith marriage.

Billipuram Nagaraju, was brutally beaten and stabbed to death on a busy road in Saroornagar in Hyderabad on Wednesday at around 9 pm.

Many videos have emerged now which show how Syed Ashrin Sultana, the wife of 25-year-old Nagaraju tried to stop her brother and another person from attacking and killing him in full public view.

Nagaraju belonged to the Mala community, categorised as Scheduled Caste.

Syed Mobin Ahmed was opposed to his sister’s relationship with Nagaraju, and had even warned her against it, cops said.

“If someone is being killed in front of everyone’s eyes, can’t they see it? Why didn’t anyone help save my Raju? I even fell down on top of him so that I can take some of the beatings instead of him. One person pulled me away while another continued to beat him,” speaking to reporters later, Sultana said.

The video which went viral on social media shows Sultana fighting against her brother and trying to pull him away from Nagaraju, who is lying motionless on the ground.

The videos show Sultana screaming for help, and it is only after sometime that some of the bystanders help her.

The couple were classmates in school and college and were in love for more than five years even as her family was against the relationship.

Nagaraju was even willing to convert to Islam, but the family never accepted the relationship, Sultana said.

After their marriage, the couple started to live in a rented house at Panjala Anil Kumar Colony. Fearing threat from the woman’s family they moved to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh for a brief period and returned recently, according to The Hindu.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (LB Nagar Zone) Sunpreet Singh told reporters that a case was registered under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015.

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