Zafar, who ran a small grocery shop and worked for rights of labourers, had repeatedly petitioned the municipal councilor to release money for the construction of toilets in the homes, the villagers say.
An altercation broke out between the team and Khan, who was allegedly beaten up badly by them and taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. "The investigation is on - justice shall prevail". "Law will take its course".
He tweeted, "The CM of Rajasthan seems to have already reached a conclusion even before an inquiry that Zafar Khan was not murdered".
But the CM's choice of words in the tweet drew a couple of sharp reactions.
Rajasthan PCC president Sachin Pilot also condemned the incident. "And going by previous lynching instances, justice is unlikely to prevail" ".
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Raje's tweet has sparked an outrage on Twitter, with people criticising her for the clinical post and many activists like Kavita Krishnan demanding stern action against Khan's perpetrators. Died as a result of lynching by Govt officials!
Jain has, however, denied the allegations and said: "As part of the government's Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Campaign), we go around in the mornings to prevent people from defecating in the open and spread awareness".
A 55-year old social worker in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh district was allegedly killed by employees of the local municipal council when he tried to stop them from taking pictures of some women who were defecating in the open.
Pratapgarh Station House Officer Mangi Lal Bishnoi has been quoted by the Indian Express as saying: "We have lodged an FIR under IPC Section 302 (murder) against Nagar Parishad [municipal body] Commissioner Ashok Jain and municipal employees Kamal Harijan, Ritesh Harijan and Manish Harijan following a complaint by the family of Zafar Hussain, 44, who died on Friday morning after an alleged assault by these government employees".
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the younger of Khan's two daughters, Sabra said, "It was about 6:30 am and we had gone for latrine [to relieve ourselves] when the vehicle of municipal officials came".