Rajasthan police has given clean chit to six persons named by Pehlu Khan before dying.
Pehlu Khan, 55, and others were attacked by gau rakshaks(cow vigilantes) in Alwar on April 1 while they were on their way to Haryana after purchasing cattle in Rajasthan. Khan, a dairy farmer, succumbed to his injuries two days later.
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.
However, Alwar Superintendent of Police Rahul Prakash on Thursday said that a reward of Rs 5,000 announced on each of the six accused was withdrawn as an investigation found them not guilty, Indian Express reported.
“We have withdrawn the reward against the six persons after an investigation by CB-CID into their role,” Prakash told The Indian Express. Rajasthan CB-CID has been investigating the case ever since it was transferred to them from Alwar police in July.
The CB-CID recently sent a report to Alwar police recommending the removal of names of six accused from the case as they were found “not guilty” after an investigation, which included statements of policemen and employees of a gaushala. The call detail records of the six men further strengthened their case about their location.
“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.
The move sparked an outrage among several civil rights group. Many took to Twitter to raise their objection.
“Pehlu khan was killed by Aliens frm Mars wearing helmets, not by Gau rakshak so BJP govt gives clean chit all Accused, what Modi said a JUMLA ,” wrote Asaduddin Owaisi, president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen.
“We will take up Pehlu Khan case before SC which is hearing our Gau Raksha PIL on 22nd September & seek justice too,”wrote Civil Rights Activist and Congress member Shehzad Poonawalla.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister 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.”