A 55-year-old man, Zaffar Hussein in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh was lynched by Municipality employees on Friday when he tried to stop them from taking pictures of his wife and daughter defecating in the open.
The incident took place around 6:30 am on Friday when wife and daughter of Zaffar had gone for latrine (to relieve themselves) near Bagwasa Kachi basti area. A car of municipal officials came and started taking their pictures and abusing them.
Zaffar, who was also a member of CPI (ML) and activist then reached the spot and tried to stop them from taking pictures for which municipal officials started beating him. A municipality worker then hit Zafar’s head with a stone while the commissioner sitting in the car kept shouting- “beat him…kill him,” HT quoted his daughter as saying.
After hearing about the attack, Hussein’s elder brother Noor Mohammad reached the spot and rushed him to hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Noor Mohammad has also filed an FIR against Kamal Harijan, Ritesh Harijan, Manish Harijan, Nagar Parishad commissioner Ashok Jain and others. The police have registered a case of murder.
Pratapgarh superintendent of police Shivraj Meena said, “We are getting the matter investigated and a case has been registered against the four named accused in the FIR.”
Meanwhile, The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation has issued a statement stating that activist Zafar Hussein was lynched to death in Rajasthan for resisting photography and demanded that Jain and others named in the FIR lodged in Zafar’s murder case should be arrested and given speedy punishment.
The CPI (ML) has further appealed to all “the forces struggling against mob lynching, for women’s rights and dignity, and for sanitation workers’ rights, to unite in the struggle for justice for Zafar.