Rajasthan: The Rajasthan police has reportedly shut the probe in Alwar farmer Pehlu Khan’s death. Khan was thrashed to death by a violent mob accusing him of smuggling cattle. The video of the incident had gone viral earlier this year and there was a nation-wide debate on it.
According to the investigation reports
“The statements of witnesses in the case including policemen and the employees of the Rath Gaushala indicate that none of the accused was present at the time of the attack. Call record details of the six people along with Base Transceiver Station (BTS) location of mobiles further support this.
Based on the findings of the investigating officer, it is hereby recommended that the names of the six accused be removed from the case as they have been found not guilty,” the report said.
Pehlu Khan, in his statement to police, had named six people among those who had attacked him. However, Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said that a reward of Rs 5,000 announced on each of the six accused was withdrawn as an investigation found them not guilty.In his statement to police, Khan had named Hukum Chand, Navin Sharma, Jagmal Yadav, Om Prakash, Sudheer and Rahul Saini among those who had attacked him.
“This is betrayal. We heard the names (of the accused) too. We will seek an inquiry again,” said Pehlu’s son Irshad, who was with him during the assault. Police had arrested seven others, five of whom have been granted bail so far. The case against them will continue.
Civil rights groups in Jaipur on Thursday expressed outrage over the closure of investigation against six persons named in the first information report .The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), which spearheaded a campaign for getting justice to the victims in the case, said the police were protecting the accused — all of whom were office-bearers of right-wing Hindutva groups — morning on way to Jaipur. Some right-wing groups have threatened that they would not allow the activists to enter the town and stop the march on the highwayunder pressure of the BJP government. “The CID-CB is under direct control of the Home Minister. Its blatant bias is very obvious,” PUCL president Kavita Srivastava told the press .
Mr. Srivastava said the rights groups along with Pehlu Khan’s sons, who were also complainants in the police case, would challenge the CID-CB’s closure of investigation in the court. “The court will not allow closure without issuing notice to the complainants. We will expose the illegality of police action in the court.”
Outrage among many after hearing the clean chit for accused
Civil rights groups today expressed outrage over the closure of investigation against six persons named in the first information report filed in the case of lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan allegedly by a mob of cow vigilantes near Behror in Alwar district of Rajasthan on April 1 this year.
— Irony Of India (@IronyOfIndia_) September 14, 2017
Irshad (25), the eldest son of Pehlu Khan said, “This is absolutely wrong. We don’t accept the investigation at all. Those men were RSS and Bajrang Dal agents and that’s the reason why the government is protecting them. Everyone is being sold. All the six men were present on the spot, Abbaji had himself named them before his death. How can they say that they were not present on the spot on the basis of mobile phone data records and set them free? We will take the matter to the Supreme Court. The culprits shall be punished,” reports The Wire.
Omar Abdullah tweeted “How foolish to expect anyone would be found guilty of murder! #PehluKhan committed suicide & staged the lynching to make a dramatic exit.”
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) September 14, 2017
Sagarika Ghose said “So #pehlukhan lynched to death, Hindu Right suspected, but now a probe concludes no one killed Khan. Wow. Just wow.”
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) September 14, 2017
Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said “Shocking! What has happened to law n order machinery? What kind of inquiry is this, in which all culprits are given a clean chit? Such investigations only raise suspicions and erode people’s faith in the system.”
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) September 14, 2017
With PTI inputs