Hacked worker wife cries for 'justice'

Raiganj: Family members and relatives of contractual worker Afrajul Khan, who was hacked to death and set on fire in Rajasthan, said on Thursday they wanted justice.

Khan was a resident of Saiyadpur village under Kaliachak police station in Malda before he migrated to Rajasthan in search of livelihood.

"We came to know that he was murdered and then set on fire.... How could this happen?" asked an inconsolable Gulbaar Bibi, his wife.

"We want justice. He was innocent and murdered in broad daylight in the most gruesome way," said Gulbaar, mother of three daughters.

Two of their daughters - Jansara Bibi and Rezina Bibi - are married while Habiba, the younger daughter, is a Class IX student.

"He had come here a couple of months ago. On Wednesday, he had called us and said he would deposit Rs 50,000 in my bank account. Accordingly, I went to the bank but came to know that no money had been deposited in my name. I tried to contact him but could not get through to his cell phone," the wailing wife said.

Gulbaar then called up one of Khan's friends, also a contract worker in Rajasthan. "He informed me about the incident. It was shocking to know that some people took him to a deserted place and killed him. All those involve in the crime should be punished," she said.

"He was very dutiful towards his family. He had taken many people from the village and neighbouring areas to Rajasthan and arranged for their livelihood. We don't know why he was murdered in such a planned manner," said Nurul Huda, one of his relatives.

The villagers said they wanted the state to talk to the Rajasthan government on the issue so that those involved could be brought to book.

"The state should take up the issue with the Rajasthan government so that all those involve are arrested and charged under appropriate sections of law. The incident has left us apprehensive over the security of many others from Malda district who work in Rajasthan as labourers," said a villager.


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