Hundreds of police were deployed and mobile internet was cut in an Indian city on Wednesday following the murder of a Hindu tailor, allegedly by two Muslim men. Western India’s Udaipur was placed under partial curfew to guard against potential sectarian violence after a video purporting to show the Hindu man’s attempted beheading went viral. Mobile internet access was also cut in other parts of Rajasthan state, and local authorities issued a month-long order banning four or more people from gathering anywhere in the state. The victim was reportedly a tailor who shared a social media post supporting recent comments about the Islamic Prophet Mohammed by a spokeswoman for India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. The remarks by Nupur Sharma at a television debate in late May sparked protests that turned violent in some parts of India and demonstrations across the Islamic world . In the video purporting to show the alleged murder, the two men can be seen brandishing large knives and threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Sharma. Can India’s BJP quell Gulf anger after Nupur Sharma’s Prophet Mohammed comments? “Both the accused in the killing have been arrested and we will ensure strict punishment and speedy justice,” said Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. Gehlot appealed to people to not share the video as it would “serve the attackers’ motive of creating discord in society”. According to local media, the victim was a tailor who shared a post supporting Sharma about 10 days ago and had since received death threats. The assailants in the video can be seen coming to his shop posing as customers before attacking him with large knives. “Hang them, hang them. My husband has gone,” the man’s distraught widow told reporters. “If the law doesn’t want to do anything, give them to us so that we can kill them,” said another relative. India’s home ministry has dispatched a team of its anti-terror agency to Rajasthan to investigate whether the killing had any links to terrorist groups. So far, the state police have not charged the two arrested men with terrorism. Late on Wednesday, a spokesperson from Pakistan’s foreign ministry rejected reports appearing in some Indian media that linked the suspects to a Pakistan-based organisation. Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, a key Muslim body, condemned the killing in a statement and called it “barbaric.” “There is no room for justification of violence in Islam,” it said. Sharma was sacked by the BJP after her comments, which saw the governments of nearly 20 countries summoning their Indian envoys for an explanation. The row followed anger across the Muslim world in 2020 after French President Emmanuel Macron defended the right of a satirical magazine to publish caricatures of the prophet. Images of the prophet are strictly forbidden in Sunni Islam. French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in October 2020 by a Chechen refugee after showing the cartoons to his class in a lesson on free speech.