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Rajsamand killer’s police custody extended for 10 days

Victim’s family given 5L cheque

Udaipur : A Rajsamand court on  Sunday extended the police custody of Shambulal Raigar by 10 days. Raigar was arrested by the police on December 7 for brutally killing Afrzul, a labourer from West Bengal, burning his body and later releasing the videos of the heinous act on social media. The accused has been kept at Rajnagar police station and would be thoroughly interrogated about the real motive behind the murder, police said. The investigation team is tight lipped and refuses to give  out any detailsof the interrogation so far.However,sources claim, Shambulal had changed his mobile numbers frequently in the recent past reportedly because he was receiving threats from unknown people. Sources also claim that Shambulal had no rivalry with Afrazul, however, he killed him mistakenly due to unconfirmed identity. Someone else had been his target but Afrazul happened to meet him and got killed.

On saturday, Rajsamand SDM Rajendra Prasad Agarwal gave a cheque of rupees 5 lakh as relief to the aggrieved family. Afrazul’s  son-in law Musharraf Khan received the cheque that was issued on the name of  Gulbahar, the victim’s wife.Meanwhile, the accused’s relatives said Shambulal’s parents who live in Anand in Gujarat have refused to  come to Rajsamand after being informed of the incident. His father Ramlal worked with a handicraft unit in Ahmedabad earlier but moved to Anand and does petty jobs of idol making for a living. ” The old parents are so shocked by the  act that they do not want to come home. They take updates from the media reports and call their other sons to enquire about the family wellbeing” claimed a close relative.

Meanwhile, the medical board that conducted the postmortem of Afrazul’s body claim it had been the most violent attack they had seen ever in their life. ” There were  7-8 injury marks on the back and head.One of the hit had been so severe that the brain was damaged and bulged out” one of the doctor said on the condition of anonymity.

Bengali labourers returning home

Afrazul’s brutal end has laid much impact on other labourers from the area and many of them have already left for their homes. According to sources, more than 150 labourers have left for their native places with their contractor’s team. Most of the Bengali contractors who undertake petty contruction, RCC and maintenance works  have their own team of 15-25 workers who are from their area. These workers share rented rooms in Dhoinda which is situated some 20 kilometers from Rajnagar. They go to the construction site in the morning and return in the evening. Their conditions are pathetic as they live in dingy one or two room quarters. Many of the quarters are more of cow sheds that has been converted into rooms by thehouse owners so that they get rent from the workers. Hundreds of labourers from Bihar and Begal also are said to be employed in mines in the surrounding areas including Kelwa, Amet etc. Many of therooms are locked in the locality as the workers have left with their clothings and money. However, sources claim this phase is temporary and theywould come back once the situationis normal. Contractors are also said to have cautioned their worker teams to stay alert and not to move with unknown people to avoid any complications.

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