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Pehlu Khan case: Appeal filed in Rajasthan high court against acquittal

October 17, 2019, 6:17 pm

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Rajasthan high court. Image credit: Post staff

Jaipur: The family members of Pehlu Khan who was allegedly lynched by a mob in Alwar in April 2017 has filed an appeal in Rajasthan high court against the acquittal of six accused in the case by a lower court two months ago.

The family members moved the court after the state government didn’t take any legal action. The government had promised to take legal action after receiving the report from a special investigation team (SIT) formed to probe the case.

Pehlu Khan’s wife Jaybuna and their son Irshad filed the appeal through their laywer Nasir Ali Naqvi. The appeal is yet to come up for hearing.

On April 1, 2017, Pehlu Khan with his two sons – Umar and Tahir – was on his way to their native place in Haryana from Jaipur with cows that they had allegedly bought in Jaipur. Some cow vigilantes intercepted their vehicle near Behror on National Highway 8 and started beating them up accusing them of cow smuggling. Pehlu Khan was seriously injured and died while undergoing treatment. On August 14, a court in Alwar acquitted all the accused.

Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government had ordered a probe into the matter. Chief minister Gehlot had promised that those involved in the lynching would be brought to justice and formed an SIT to probe the matter. The allegedly found glaring negligence in the probe which led to the acquittal of all the six accused.

First published: October 17, 2019