The violence in Mumbai on Saturday came as the city’s police commissioner blamed “fake” news stories on Facebook.
The violence erupted after a man who police said was armed with a knife was allegedly attacked by an unidentified person.
The man, identified as Subhash Kapoor, died at a hospital.
In a statement, Mumbai police commissioner Satyendra Singh said that the man was “a regular” on Facebook who was a member of a community called “Krishna” and that he had been targeted “for the last few days.”
“We will never tolerate such kind of attacks, especially against people of a different religion and community,” Singh said.
“We have received calls from all communities.
We will continue to do so, but at the same time we will not tolerate this kind of violence.”
He added that “there will be consequences.”
Police did not immediately identify the attacker.
According to the Indian Express, police arrested Kapoor on Saturday after he allegedly attacked an unidentified man on the outskirts of Mumbai.
Police said Kapoor was identified as the man who was attacked on Saturday and was being held in custody.
Police Commissioner Satyendras Singh said in a statement that the alleged attacker “had been identified by his Facebook profile as a member from the community named ‘Krishnamaji’ who was living in the area of Parel and also called ‘Kumar’ on social media.”
Police said the incident began when the victim was attacked by Kapoor and two unidentified people.
Police initially said that two people had been arrested for the alleged attack.
Police have not identified the two suspects.
The Indian Express quoted the commissioner as saying that Kapoor had been living in Parel for a few days and that his Facebook page was “frequent” among people from that area.
“I have asked my staff to search his Facebook and Facebook accounts for anyone who has information that could be used to identify the accused and bring him to justice,” he said.
Police later clarified that the person who attacked Kapoor belonged to a “community called ‘Parel’ who lived in the village of Prahladipura in the same area,” and that Kapuras Facebook page contained “some information about his identity.”
The Indian Business Times reported that Kapouras Facebook profile included photos of him wearing a white shirt and dark pants, a belt, and a hat with a crown on it.
“Kumar is a local person who was resident in the Parel area,” the commissioner said.
Kapur has not been identified.
The commissioner also said that Kapunas Facebook account contained “information about him which has been circulating for the last two months.”
The commissioner said the two “were seen talking to each other in the vicinity of the victim on Friday night and Saturday morning,” and claimed that they were not together “at all” on Friday.
“At the time of the incident, we have not received any calls from the area around the victim, who is believed to be in his home.
The police are trying to trace them,” the Indian Business Journal reported.
According a local newspaper, Kapur’s Facebook profile also contained “pictures of him eating food,” “picture of him sitting on a chair with his legs crossed,” and “picturing him playing cards.”
“Kapur is a regular on Facebook, and I am sure his friends know his whereabouts,” one of his friends told the Indian Daily Times.
Kapoor’s Facebook page also contained images of him holding a gun, a backpack, and his phone.
“When he was attacked, he was not carrying a gun,” a friend told the newspaper.
“He had a bag of food in his hand, and he had his phone in his lap.
I can’t imagine how he felt when he was hit.
It was a big shock for him,” he added.
The Hindu reported that the police are looking into whether the man’s identity can be traced.
According the Hindustan Times, “Police have also identified three men who are in custody in connection with the incident.
A fourth man is still in custody and could not be contacted for comment.”
The Hindu also reported that there is a “high-profile case” in the city, but it was not clear whether it would lead to charges.
“Police said that there has been no evidence that any of the men have any links with terror organizations,” the Hindu reported.
A Facebook page associated with Kapur had previously been set up by someone calling himself “Dabha” and posted photographs of him with a gun.
According for the page, Kapoor is a farmer and “has a very good social life.”
Police also confirmed that there were two other people involved in the attack, but that it was unclear if they were related to the victims.
The incident comes as the country continues to grapple with a spate of hate crimes.
On Friday, a Muslim man was beaten to death by a Hindu mob