All 6 accused in Pehlu Khan lynching case acquitted by Alwar Court
14th August 2019
Jaipur: An Alwar court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the lynching of Pehlu Khan, killed two years ago by a mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows. Khan died in hospital on April 3. The additional judicial magistrate acquitted the six men, giving them benefit of the doubt, according to a lawyer. Pehlu Khan (55), his two sons and a few others were transporting cows when they were allegedly stopped and thrashed by a mob near Behror in Alwar district on April 1, 2017. Khan died in the hospital on April 3, triggering outrage over the murder and focusing attention on attacks by cow vigilantes. “The court gave the 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. The six accused let off by the court are Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Kumar, Kaluram, Dayanand, Yogesh Kumar and Bheem Rathi. Police had also named three minors in the case. They are facing trial in a juvenile justice court. The court of additional district judge Sarita Swami completed the trial proceedings on August 7 and reserved the case for judgment on Wednesday. The then BJP government in Rajasthan under Vasundhara Raje came under flak over the killing, with the incident escalating the debate over Muslims facing attacks from cow vigilantes. Recently, the Rajasthan Assembly passed a bill introduced by the current Congress government in the state to tackle mob lynching.