NEW DELHI — The Rajasthan Police have filed a charge sheet against Pehlu Khan posthumously for cow smuggling. He was lynched to death by a mob of gau rakshaks in Alwar, Rajasthan in April 2017.
Khan was a 55-year-old resident of Jaisinghpur village of Nuh district in Mewat. He had left his village to purchase cattle in order to increase milk produce for Ramzan. Surrounded by a mob of cow vigilantes, Khan had tried to save himself by showing his purchase receipts, but was lynched with rods and sticks.
Pehlu Khan has been accused under sections 5, 8 and 9 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995 and Rules, 1995. The charge sheet also names his two sons, Irshad and Arif.
The charge sheet also names the owner of the pick-up truck that was used for transporting the cattle on April 1, 2017, when the lynching took place near Behror.
The charge sheet, which comes months after the Congress formed a government in the state, was presented in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Behror on May 29 this year.
Last year, the previous BJP government in Rajasthan had filed a similar charge sheet against Azmat and Rafique, two associates of Khan who were also attacked by the mob that also targeted the truck driver Arjun. Jagdish Prasad, the owner of the pick-up, was also charged under Section 6 of the Act.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Khan’s eldest son Irshad (25), who is named in the charge sheet, said: “We lost our father in the attack by cow vigilantes and now we have been charged as cow smugglers. We had hoped that the new Congress government in Rajasthan will review and withdraw the case against us but now a charge sheet has been filed against us. We hoped for justice after the government change but that didn’t happen.”
AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi also criticised the Congress government for the charge sheet and called it a “replica” of the BJP. “Congress in “Power” is a replica of BJP, Muslims of Rajasthan must realise this, reject such individuals/organisations who are brokers of Congress party, & start developing their own independent political platform,70 years is a long time please CHANGE,” he tweeted.
Congress in “Power” is replica of BJP ,Muslims of Rajasthan must realise this,reject such individuals/organisations who are brokers of congress party,& start developing their own independent political platform ,70 years is a long time please CHANGE https://t.co/gLsimg1m50
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) June 29, 2019
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the investigation in the case was carried out during the regime of the previous BJP government. “If any discrepancies will be found in the investigation, the case will be re-investigated,” he said.
Gehlot added, “The Congress like always condemns such criminal activities and does not support them. The matter is in court and justice will be given.”
(With media inputs)
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