A court in Rajasthan has given a clean chit all six men, who were accused of lynching Muslim dairy farmer Pehlu Khan to death in 2017. The court acquitted all of them giving them the benefit of doubt.
The 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was brutally beaten, after being intercepted by Hindutva terrorists posing as cow vigilantes in Alwar, while he and his two sons, Irshad and Arif, were travelling in a pick-up van, carrying cattle from Jaipur. He had died in a government hospital three days later.
Pehlu’s lawyer Asad Hayat told NDTV that the court had committed a great deal of injustice and he will approach the higher court against the verdict.
The acquittal by the Rajasthan court assumes significance given that one of them, identified as Jitendra, was caught on camera confessing to murdering Pehlu.
Pehlu’s lynching was caught on camera with the video going viral across the world. The Rajasthan Police had made the arrests based on the video.
In September last year, the CID-crime branch in Rajasthan had given a clean chit to all the six people, accused of murdering Pehlu. The cops had said in their report that there was no evidence that the six men were present at the time of the attack.
In June this year, the Rajasthan government headed by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot came under considerable condemnation after it emerged that police had chargesheeted Pehlu posthumously for cow smuggling.