Zafar Khan Died Due To Cardio Respiratory Failure: Autopsy

Jaipur: The CPI-ML worker who was allegedly lynched by civic sanitation workers in Rajasthan “died due to cardio respiratory failure”, his post-mortem examination report has revealed, a police official said on Monday.

Zafar Khan was killed when he tried to stop the civic body workers from photographing women defecating in the open in Pratapgarh district on Friday.

An altercation broke out between the team and Khan. It was alleged that Khan was beaten up badly. He succumbed to his injuries at a hospital later.

“The report which came late on Sunday evening points out that the tentative cause of death is cardio respiratory failure,” Pratapgarh’s Superintendent of Police Shivraj Meena told IANS.

However, the final cause of death would be known only after the Forensic Science Laboratory results and reports of the viscera are received, he said.

The report does not indicate any injuries on his body, Meena said.

“We are going on ahead with our investigation. I can assure you that it will be fair and impartial,” the police superintendent said.

Khan’s brother has lodged an FIR under Section 302 of the IPC (for murder).

Meanwhile, the Congress on Sunday attacked Rajasthan’s ruling BJP over Zafar’s killing, after Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje termed his “demise” unfortunate.

Her predecessor Ashok Gehlot of the Congress, in a tweet, said: “The CM of Rajasthan seems to have already reached a conclusion even before an inquiry that Zafar Khan was not murdered.”

His post came in response to Vasundhara Raje’s tweet: “The demise of Zafar Khan ji in Pratapgarh is extremely unfortunate. Investigation is on – justice shall prevail.”

In a series of tweets, Gehlot asked: “What is the need for investigation then? Can the victim’s family expect justice in such a scenario?”

“The BJP should have also invented a theory, how a healthy man suddenly died, to prove he was not murdered.

“What a sorry state of affairs, when the CM stoops down to divert the issue.”


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