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.
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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.