A case of murder has been registered against the government officials, but no arrests have been made so far
A 55-year-old activist was beaten to death in Rajasthan when he tried to stop civic officials from clicking photographs of women defecating in the open in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh on Friday.
The incident took place at around 6:30 am near Bagwasa Kachi Basti area where a few women had gone to answer nature’s call.
According to a report, Zafar Khan was kicked, punched and beaten with a stick. He died later at a hospital. However, the autopsy report says he died of heart failure.
Meanwhile, Khan’s older brother, Noor Mohammed has filed a FIR against the civic officials, naming Kamal Harijan, Ritesh Harijan, Manish Harijan and municipal commissioner Ashok Jain.
Ashok Jain denied the charge. He said, “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.”
“Today, 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,” Jain alleged.
“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 claimed.
A case of murder has been registered against the government officials, but no arrests have been made so far.
Pratapgarh Superintendent of Police, Shivraj Meena said, “We are investigating the case and a case has been registered against the four accused named in the FIR.”
The police have deployed personnel to maintain law and order in the area.