Zafar Hussein, a 55-year-old Muslim man, intervened and tried to stop municipality officials from taking pictures of women defecating in the open, but was kicked, punched and lynched to death by them.
As per police complaint lodged by the Noor Mohammad, his brother, five municipal council officials including the commissioner had allegedly lynched social worker Zaffar Hussein with a stick in Pratapgarh town. As reported, he was lynched when he objected the officials who were out on a morning round in a slum to photograph people defecating in the open.
Police has registered a case of murder against the five officials. The Pratapgarh assembly seat is held by the BJP.
“We are investigating the case and no arrests have been made so far,” said Pratapgarh station house office Mangilal Bishnoi.
Ashok Jain, municipal council commissioner in Pratapgarh, said he had no idea how he died as he was in “perfect health” when he left the area.
“We went to the slum to spread awareness about the adverse effects of open defecation. This man, Zaffar Hussein, arrived there and started abusing us and later also assaulted one of our sanitation staff. Following that, he left the place and returned to his home. At that time he was perfectly healthy,” said Jain.
“We met the people and heard their grievances before writing their feedback. When we left we assured them that toilets will be built. We went to the police station later to lodge a case…for assaulting our team but learnt that he has died.” He said.
Ashok Jain denied the allegations and register a reverse complaint against the Noor Mohammad’s complaint.
He denied the reports that says that team tried to shame people going for open defecation. The Indian Express reported that Ashok Jain, who has been named in Noor Mohammed’s complaint, has filed another complaint against Zafar Khan for stopping public servants from doing their duty.
“As part of the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, we go around in the mornings to prevent people from defecating in the open and spread awareness. (On Friday), we parked our car and were informing people about the ills of open defecation when a man rushed towards us, and started hitting and abusing our employees.” as reported by IE
Following this, Jain says as Zafar Khan returned home and he including his employees went ahead to the police and registered a complaint against Zafar. It was then they found that Khan had died.
“He went home and we continued with our campaign. However, when we went to the station to lodge a complaint, we came to know of his death. We did not click any objectionable photographs nor did we assault him. He was fine when he left,” Jain is reported to have said
Zafar Khan death unfortunate, CM Vasundhara Raje says, indicates it wasn’t murder
Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje today commented on the death of activist Zafar Khan, who was allegedly lynched by civic officials on Friday. Raje said Khan’s death was unfortunate as reported
The demise of Zafar Khan ji in Pratapgarh is extremely unfortunate. Investigation is on – justice shall prevail. https://t.co/1V9DmV26KY
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) June 18, 2017