Po­lice say Za­far Hus­sain died of car­dio-re­s­pi­ra­tory fail­ure

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The fi­nal cause of death could only be as­cer­tained af­ter the re­port from the foren­sic sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory ar­rives. His vis­cera sam­ples are be­ing sent to the FSL

The au­topsy of a man who was beaten up by govern­ment of­fi­cials last week sug­gested that he died of car­dio-re­s­pi­ra­tory fail­ure and there were no marks in­jury marks on his body, lo­cal po­lice said on Mon­day.

The death of Za­far Hus­sain on Fri­day trig­gered out­rage af­ter his fam­ily mem­bers and vil­lagers said that he was lynched by a group of mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cials whom he tried to stop from pho­tograph­ing defe­cat­ing women.

Hus­sain’s kin and other res­i­dents of his lo­cal­ity were scep­ti­cal of the re­port. “He was a lean and fit man. How could he have died of heart at­tack?” said Kalu Khan, Hus­sain’s neigh­bour.

Oth­ers sug­gested that the re­port had been ma­nip­u­lated to save the govern­ment of­fi­cials.

“Ac­cord­ing to the post-mortem re­port, which was re­leased on Satur­day, the ten­ta­tive cause of Khan’s death was car­diac-res- pi­ra­tory fail­ure,” SHO of Pratapgarh Sadar, Mangi Lal Bish­noi said. The fi­nal cause of death will be as­cer­tained af­ter the re­port from the foren­sic sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory (FSL) ar­rives, he said.

Po­lice said that vis­cera sam­ples — por­tions of in­ter­nal or­gans —were be­ing sent to the foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory.

The mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner is among four peo­ple named in the FIR un­der sec­tion 302 (mur­der) of IPC lodged by Hus­sain’s brother. Shivraj Meena, Pratapgarh su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, told IANS that the post-mortem re­port does not in­di­cate any in­juries on his body. “We are go­ing ahead with our in­ves­ti­ga­tion. I can as­sure you that it will be fair and im­par­tial,” he added.

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