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Pehlu Khan case: After court finds lapses, Rajasthan government mulls inquiry into police probe

Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government has decided to investigate if the probe into the Pehlu Khan lynching case was properly investigated. Earlier, the court had highlighted serious shortcomings in the police probe.

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Pehlu Khan was lynched in Rajasthan’s Alwar district while he was on the way to Haryana’s Nuh on April 1, 2017. (File Photo)

Days after an Alwar court acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan, the Rajasthan government is now mulling an investigation into the police probe.

The Rajasthan government, led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has reportedly decided to investigate if the probe into the Pehlu Khan lynching case was deliberately affected. As per sources, the Rajasthan government is looking to conduct an inquiry to check if the case was properly investigated.

The state government had earlier called a meeting after the verdict in the Pehlu Khan case was delivered by Alwar’s ADJ Court on Wednesday. This came after the additional district judge court in Alwar acquitted all six in the Pehlu Khan mob lynching case.

Following this, the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the state government will appeal against the verdict in the Pehlu Khan case.

COURT ACQUITS ALL SIX

An Alwar court had on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan two years ago by a mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows.

While acquitting the six men, the court gave them benefit of the doubt, Additional Public Prosecutor Yogendra Khatana told reporters in Alwar.

A lawyer representing the accused said the witnesses produced by the prosecution failed to identify them. He also claimed that the video that purportedly showed the lynching was not sent to a forensic lab by the prosecution.

THE CASE

Pehlu Khan (55), his two sons and a few others were transporting cows from Jaipur when they were allegedly stopped and thrashed by a mob near Behror in Alwar district on April 1, 2017.

Later, a video clip surfaced on social media purportedly showing a group of men beating them.

Khan, a resident of Jaisinghpura village in Haryana’s Nuh district, died in hospital on April 3, triggering outrage over the murder and focusing attention on attacks by cow vigilantes.

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