NEW DELHI – Shambhulal Regar, the man accused of burning and hacking to death a Muslim man in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand, is all set to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Agra. The Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena, a lesser known political outfit in UP, has offered Regar a ticket and has also claimed that he has accepted the offer.

“The Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena has decided that for the Agra Lok Sabha seat, the party’s candidate will be Shambhulal Regar. He will contest the election from inside Jodhpur jail, where he is currently lodged,” Amit Jani, National President of the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena, told an Indian news channel.

Agra is a seat reserved for members of Scheduled Castes and is currently represented by BJP’s Ramshankar Katheria, the Chairman of the National Commission of Scheduled Castes (NCSC).

Last year in December, Regar had hacked to death a Bengali migrant worker, Mohammad Afrazul who was working in Rajsamand. Since a video of the act went viral and Regar has been put in jail, his popularity among the Hindus in the state has skyrocketed. Some even took out tableaus in his honour.