While another man, Zafar Khan, was lynched in Rajasthan for shielding a woman, no arrests have yet been made although there are witnesses who saw CPI-ML leader Zafar Hussain, 55, being beaten viciously by municipal workers.
Notably, Pratapgarh commissioner Ashok Jain was also allegedly part of the group that was out touring early Friday morning in a bid to prevent open defecation as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Campaign at a Kachi Basti in Pratapgarh.
As per TOI reports, SP Shivraj Meena of Pratapgarh said, “We received a complaint from the civic officials and a case was filed. We later received information that Zafar Hussain had died. On a complaint from the man’s brother, a case has been filed under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination and the report is awaited. Until it arrives, we cannot ascertain the cause of death. If indeed he died of thrashing, arrests will be made.”
A FIR was lodged by Khan’s elder brother Noor Mohammed against Kamal Harijan, Ritesh Harijan, Manish Harijan, Nagar Parishad commissioner Ashok Jain and others. The police had also registered a case of murder, said Pratapgarh Kotwali police.