1Vasundhara Raje tweet on the alleged lynching of Zafar Khan has not gone down well with Twitterati.
The word ‘demise’ has stirred controversy over CM’s overlooking stance on the killing of Khan.
Congress leaders jumped the gun and decried Rajasthan CM’S tweet on Khan.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s tweet on the death of a 50-year-old activist Zafar Khan, who was allegedly lynched by civil officials has stirred quite a storm on the social media.
The use of word ‘demise’ in her tweet for the activist who was allegedly killed by civil authorities has sparked a controversy. Raje tweeted, “The demise of Zafar Khan ji in Pratapgarh is extremely unfortunate. Investigation is on – justice shall prevail.”
The demise of Zafar Khan ji in Pratapgarh is extremely unfortunate. Investigation is on – justice shall prevail. https://t.co/1V9DmV26KY
– Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) June 18, 2017
In addition, the Udaipur IG’s unverified account that doesn’t carry any other tweets except a post about Khan’s death read, “Demise of ZafarKhan (sic) is unfortunate. Scientific evidence doesn’t suggest murder. Law will take its course”.
Raje’s tweet was read with a condoning undertone by many, including Opposition leaders, like former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
He tweeted, “The CM of Rajasthan seems to have already reached a conclusion even before an inquiry that Zafar Khan was not murdered.”
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot also attacked the chief minister for overlooking the horrid lynching of Zafar Khan.
He tweeted, “‘Killed’ would have been far too appropriate a word to use for the CM. And going by previous lynching instances, justice is unlikely to prevail.”
“Killed”would have been far too appropriate a word to use for theCM.And going by previous lynching instances,justice is unlikely to prevail https://t.co/eQiMGfaICU
– Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) June 18, 2017
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.
Krishnan tweeted, “He didn’t just drop dead on a morning walk! Died as a result of lynching by Govt officials!! Arrest Nagar Parishad Commissioner Ashok Jain.”
WHO IS ZAFAR KHAN?
On Friday morning, Zafar Khan, a 55-year-old social worker and a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, came across a group of civic officials photographing women who were defecating in the open.
The officials were part of a Swachh Bharat Mission project and were reportedly running a campaign to shame those defecating in the open.
Following Khan’s intervention, asking the officials not to photograph the women, a fight broke out and Khan was allegedly beaten with sticks.
Khan’s older brother, Noor Mohammed, filed a First Information Report against the civic employees, naming Kamal Harijan, Ritesh Harijan, Manish Harijan, Nagar Parishan commissioner Ashok Jain, and others.