Exclusive: India Today accesses video of Zafar Khan moments before he was lynched


Highlights

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    The video shows Zafar, in an argument and threatening the civic body officials.

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    The video gives a glimpse into what possibly happened before the death of Zafar Khan.

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    There are four accused in the FIR filed by Noor Mohammed, Zafar’s brother.

India Today has accessed an exclusive video of Zafar Khan, the 50 year old CPI (ML) activist, who died after allegedly being assaulted by civic officials in Rajasthan’s Pratapgarh district.

The video shows Zafar, in an argument and threatening the civic body officials. The 13 second long video gives a glimpse into what possibly happened before the death of Zafar Khan.

Family members of Zafar Khan and eyewitnesses had claimed he was brutally assaulted by the civic officials after he objected to them clicking pictures of women defecating in the open. There are four accused in the FIR filed by Noor Mohammed, Zafar’s brother, including Ashok Jain, Commissioner of Nagar Parishad.

“I saw the fat man with red hair was beating… first two men got hold and then one, beat him up a lot, beat up with stones. This is something we saw. We saw it. I was standing there,” said Jaitun an eyewitness.

“We three women had gone to relieve ourselves. Then, a vehicle came and team people got down and started misbehaving, started clicking pictures. After taking pictures, we began shouting. Zafar bhai came, he tried to save. Then, they began beating him up, beat him up with stones. Then, he became unconscious. They punched and kicked him, we tried to rescue as well,” said Sarsi, another witness.

The postmortem report, a copy of which has been accessed by India Today, is being made the basis by the state machinery to claim Zafar Khan was not murdered but died of heart attack.

“In the opinion of Medical Board Tentative cause of Death is Cardio – Respiratory Failure, Final cause of Death will be given after FSL and HPE Report of viscera,” read the post-mortem report.

“As per the post-mortem report, Zafar Khan’s death was due to heart attack, and there is no such injury mark on Zafar’s body which proves that he was murdered. The FSL report is yet to come… The case is being investigated impartially. The allegation against the accused is yet to be proved,” said Pratapgarh SP, Shivraj Meena about the post-mortem.

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