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Alwar lynching by cow vigilantes: PM report reveals severe injuries

'Internal bleeding in lungs and chest caused death of Pehlu Khan'

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April 11, 2017, 11:49 am

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Jaipur: The postmortem report of 50-year-old Pehlu Khan who was assaulted by cow vigilantes in Alwar’s Behror has revealed that severe internal injuries in his lungs and stomach caused his death.

Khan was beaten up to such an extent that his lungs were severely damaged, leading to internal bleeding. The blood clotted his lungs resulting in his death. The report has raised question marks over some local politicians’ claim that he died of cardiac arrest.

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The incident took place on April 1. Cow vigilantes caught 15 people who were allegedly smuggling cows. Five of these alleged smugglers were thrashed. Severely injured Pehlu Khan was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed on April 3.

The police arrested three people in the matter and said that they are raiding several places in search of other suspects. The police produced the three arrested men in a court and took them on police remand for questioning.

The police have also announced a reward of Rs 5,000 to get the information regarding whereabouts of the absconders, who are named in the FIR,” Alwar’s superintendent of police Rahul Prakash told The PinkCity Post.

The six named suspects in the FIR who are absconding are Hukum Chand, Jagmal, Om Prakash, Sudheer, Rahul Saini and Navin Saini.

“The postmortem was conducted, but we are yet to receive the report. Further investigation is going on,” said a senior police officer.

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had told the parliament on Thursday that what was being claimed about the cow vigilantes groups attacking Pehlu Khan was not factually correct.

The version of events presented didn’t occur,” Naqvi said amid an uproar in the Rajya Sabha over the Alwar incident.

Naqvi said, “This issue is a very sensitive issue. The message should not go from the House that we are supporting cow slaughter. Millions of people’s sentiments are involved in the issue.”

Congress state president Sachin Pilot had also issued a statement saying that some anti-social elements were spreading fear in the society in the name of religion and cow protection.

“The government should order an investigation. If someone is involved in cow smuggling, he can be prosecuted under the relevant sections of the law, but it is completely unjustified to beat a person just because he is suspected of smuggling,” Pilot said.

State home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said “both sides” were guilty.

“It is justified to catch someone involved in cow smuggling, but it is not justified to take the law into his own hands,” said Kataria.

First published: April 7, 2017