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Pehlu Khan lynching case Highlight: Rajasthan govt to appeal against verdict in higher court

Khan and his companions — including his sons — were attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar for transporting cattle on April 1, 2017. Khan died two days later, with the incident resulting in nationwide outrage. 

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A screengrab of the video of the lynching.

A court in Rajasthan’s Alwar district Wednesday acquitted all six men accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case.  At present, six accused have been tried in the Alwar court while three other accused, who were minors at the time of the crime, are being tried separately at a juvenile court.

“The court today acquitted all six men who were accused of murdering Pehlu Khan,” Quasim Khan, who has provided legal help to Khan’s family told The Indian Express on Wednesday.

Apart from the juveniles, on the basis of video and other evidence, the police had arrested six men — Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Kumar, Kaluram, Dayaram, Yogesh Kumar alias Dholia, and Bhim Rathi — charging them under sections 147, 323, 341, 302, 308, 379 and 427 of the IPC, Public prosecutor Yogendra Khatana told The Indian Express.

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Rajasthan govt to appeal against verdict in higher court

State government has decided to appeal against the judgement in 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case: Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Rajeeva Swarup

What will this deliberately shoddy prosecution tell his family? Owaisi

In most lynchings, the accused were happy being filmed while they lynched a human being. They wanted to be famous for these awful acts But are we to now believe that no one killed Pehlu Khan? What will this deliberately shoddy prosecution tell his family?

'The court gave benefit of the doubt to all six accused'

"The court gave benefit of the doubt to all six accused and acquitted them of lynching charges. We have not received the court order copy and will wait for it to study it and appeal in the higher court," Additional Public Prosecutor Yogendra Khatana told reporters.

Prosecution to appeal in higher court

Additional Public Prosecutor Yogendra Khatana told reporters that the prosecution will appeal against the verdict in the higher court after studying the court order.

Police had arrested six men apart from three juveniles

Apart from the juveniles, on the basis of video and other evidence, the police had arrested six men — Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Kumar, Kaluram, Dayaram, Yogesh Kumar alias Dholia, and Bhim Rathi — charging them under sections 147, 323, 341, 302, 308, 379 and 427 of the IPC, Public prosecutor Yogendra Khatana told The Indian Express.

Watch | Pehlu Khan lynched in Alwar

Accused acquited on benefit of doubt

The court acquitted all six lynching accused giving them benefit of doubt: Additional Public Prosecutor Yogendra Khatana.

Who was Pehlu Khan?

Pehlu Khan was killed by a mob on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in April 2017. The others with him, including his two sons, Irshad and Aarif, were also attacked at the time. In May 2019, a chargesheet was filed against Khan’s sons and against Khan Mohammed, allegedly the owner of the pickup truck carrying cattle when the lynching occurred. Irshad and Aarif were charged under sections 5, 8 and 9 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995, while Mohammed was charged under section 6 of the Act.

In July, case against Pehlu Khan sons as Police got nod for fresh probe

A court in Alwar district on July 11 approved the Rajasthan Police’s application for a fresh probe into the case filed against the sons of lynched dairy farmer Pehlu Khan. The application was moved in a court in Behror.

All six accused: Quasim Khan

“The court today acquitted all six men who were accused of murdering Pehlu Khan,” Quasim Khan, who has provided legal help to Khan’s family told The Indian Express on Wednesday.

Rajasthan assembly passes law against mob lynching

The Rajasthan Assembly recently passed a new law against mob lynching, the Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019 makes mob lynching a cognisable, non-bailable and non-compoundable offence punishable with life imprisonment and a fine up to Rs 5 lakh. It defines lynching as “any act or series of acts of violence or aiding, abetting or attempting an act of violence, whether spontaneous or planned, by a mob on the grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth, language, dietary practices, sexual orientation, political affiliation, ethnicity”.

Explained | How Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh propose to check lynching

Timeline of Pehlu Khan lynching case

April 1, 2017- Pehlu Khan, his sons and two companions attacked by a mob of cow vigilantes while transporting cattle in Behror, Alwar district.

April 3, 2017- Khan succumbs to his injuries. In his statement to police before his death, Khan names six people as his assailants.

June 2017- Case transferred to CID-CB.

September 2017- CID-CB gives clean chit to all 6 men named by Khan before his death. Chargesheet names 9 others including 2 minors.

August 7, 2019- Trial concludes in the case with the prosecution presenting a total of 44 witnesses.

August 14- All six accused acquited.

Breaking | All six accused acquited

All six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case has been acquitted by the Alwar court. 

Public prosecutor Yogendra Khatana said that the prosecution presented 44 witnesses in the case during the trial which concluded on August 7. The case was initially tried in Behror but was later transferred to Alwar after witnesses in the case —Azmat (28) and Rafiq (25) including Pehlu Khan's two sons Irshad (28) and Arif (21) — alleged in September last year that they were fired upon while they were going for a hearing.

Explained | How Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh propose to check lynching

Back in 2017, after a probe by the CID-CB of the Rajasthan Police, the officials had given a clean chit to all six named by Khan in his statement before dying. The clean chit had resulted in widespread criticism for the then BJP government in Rajasthan.

Seven accused have been tried in the Alwar court. (Representational)

Khan and his companions — including his sons — were attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar for transporting cattle on April 1, 2017. Khan died two days later, with the incident resulting in a nationwide outrage.

Timeline of Pehlu Khan lynching case

April 1, 2017- Pehlu Khan, his sons and two companions attacked by a mob of cow vigilantes while transporting cattle in Behror, Alwar district.

April 3, 2017- Khan succumbs to his injuries. In his statement to police before his death, Khan names six people as his assailants.

June 2017- Case transferred to CID-CB.

September 2017- CID-CB gives clean chit to all 6 men named by Khan before his death. Chargesheet names 9 others including 2 minors.

August 7, 2019- Trial concludes in the case with the prosecution presenting a total of 44 witnesses.

August 14- All six accused acquited.