The family of a migrant labourer, who was hacked to death in Rajasthan last week, wants the murder case to be heard in West Bengal. The family, which hails from West Bengal’s Malda district, said they fear harm if they travel to Rajasthan.
Mohammad Afrazul’s wife Gul Bahar Bibi will file a petition in the Calcutta High Court or the Supreme Court to seek transfer of the case, The Indian Express reported. “We are all scared that we may face attacks if we visit Rajasthan,” Afrazul’s brother Room Khan said. “We will be happy if the case is shifted. However, we have no means of bearing the cost of legal expenses.” Afrazul’s brothers, including Room Khan, also worked in Rajasthan, but have returned home.
Members of West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress party visited the family in Malda on Sunday to discuss the petition. “We will help them file an appeal in Calcutta High Court over the issue,” said Asit Basu of the Trinamool Congress. “If needed, we will also help them file a plea in the Supreme Court. We will also lodge a complaint with the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.”
A man identified as Shambhulal Regar was arrested for Afrazul’s murder on December 6. Regar had also shared multiple videos of the brutal killing, which were shot by his minor nephew, according to Inspector General of Police (Udaipur) Anand Shrivastava.