Pehlu Khan and his sons were thrashed by a mob on the suspicion of cow smuggling in Alwar’s Behror on April 1, 2017. Khan had died at a hospital in Alwar on 3rd April. Over two months after a trial court in Alwar acquitted the six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case. The verdict was pronounced by the court of the Additional District Judge in Alwar, Rajasthan.
Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old native of Haryana’s Nuh, had left his village to purchase cattle in order to increase milk production for Ramzan. Surrounded by a mob of cow vigilantes on the Delhi-Alwar highway on 1st April 2017, he tried to save himself by showing his purchase receipts but was lynched with rods and sticks.
A court in Rajasthan's Alwar on August 14 acquitted all six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, giving them the benefit of the doubt based on the shoddy investigation and charge sheet submitted by the police in connection with the case. An Alwar court had acquitted all six accused — Ravindra Kumar, Vipin Yadav, Kaluram, Yogesh Kumar, Dayanand, and Bheem Rathi — on August 14 this year, giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Hours after the court acquitted the accused, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had said: "The state government will appeal against the verdict delivered by the court of an additional district judge."
The Rajasthan government has filed an appeal in the high court against the acquittal of all six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case. Additional Advocate General R.P. Singh said, “The appeal was filed in the Rajasthan high court on Monday,”.
After the lower court verdict, the state government had constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to identify errors and irregularities in the investigation and fix the responsibility for botching up the investigation on individual officers.
The SIT submitted its report to the DGP last month. The SIT report said the six accused should also have been charged with dacoity, rioting and rioting armed with a deadly weapon in addition to murder, but important evidence was either not gathered or not presented properly during the trial.
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