Rajasthan Police file charge sheet against Pehlu Khan two years after he was lynched by ‘gau rakshaks’, his 2 sons also charge-sheeted

Rajasthan Police filed a charge sheet for cow smuggling against Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly lynched in 2017 by a mob of gau rakshaks or cow vigilantes in Alwar for carrying cattle. The cops also charge-sheeted his two sons.

55-year-old Khan, a native of Nuh in Haryana, was allegedly beaten up by self-styled cow vigilantes near Behror in Rajasthan on the Delhi-Alwar highway on April 1, 2017, accusing him of smuggling cattle. He succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital on April 3.

The police charge-sheeted Khan’s sons Irsad, 25, and Arif, 22, under sections 5, 8 and 9 while charges have been framed against the deceased under section 6 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.

The charge-sheet against Khan was prepared on December 30 last year, 13 days after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s government came into power in Rajasthan.

In 2018, the previous Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state had filed a similar charge sheet against two associates of Khan, who were also attacked by the mob.

Mob violence

There were two first information reports registered in the case. One was against the mob for beating Khan to death and second against him and his family for transporting cattle illegally out of the state.

The police had earlier given a clean chit to the six people accused of lynching Khan, a dairy farmer.

The police’s decision was reportedly based on statements of the staff of a cow shelter and mobile phone records.