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Accused in Pehlu Khan lynching case acquitted

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Aug 15, 2019, 08.58 AM IST
All 6 accused in Pehlu Khan Lynching Case acquitted by Rajasthan Court 'on Benefit of Doubt'
All 6 accused in Pehlu Khan Lynching Case acquitted by Rajasthan Court 'on Benefit of Doubt'


  • Pehlu Khan, 55, his two sons and a few others were transporting cows from Jaipur.
  • They were intercepted and thrashed by cow vigilantes near Behror on April 1, 2017.
  • Pehlu died on April 4 in a hospital.
(This story originally appeared in on Aug 14, 2019)
Twenty eight months after Pehlu Khan, a villager in Haryana was killed near Alwar on suspicion of smuggling cattle and the assault was captured on video, a trial court in Alwar acquitted the six accused in the case on Wednesday on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove its case and the accused deserved the benefit of doubt.

Defence lawyer Hukum Singh told ET on phone that the videos produced before the court were “suspect” and was dismissed as evidence as they were not sent to the State Forensic Laboratory for examination.

“The prosecution did not produce the person who had shot the said videos on his phone, before court. Even that mobile phone was not seized. Khan died of a heart attack and it was medically proved that he was a heart patient who had undergone angioplasty. He had not named the six accused in his dying statement, nor was the test identification parade done of the accused in jail,” Singh said. Another defence lawyer, Hem Chand, said a “fake Hindu-Muslim issue” was created in a “media trial” and the police implicated the innocents. “This verdict is a tight slap on the faces of those who drew political mileage,” he said. Asked who killed Khan then, he said: “Only God and the police can explain.”

All the six accused in the case –– Vipin Yadav, Kalu Ram, Dayanand, Ravindra Kumar, Yogesh and Bhim Rathi –– are already out on bail for over a year now. Three other accused in the case are juveniles whose case is pending before a juvenile court.

“The police probe was deliberately weakened from the start,” Pehlu’s son Irshad told ET. State prosecution lawyer, Yogendra Khatana, said although Khan died of a cardiac arrest, the same was caused by multiple injuries to him during the assault. We produced 44 witnesses. We were very confident of a conviction as it was a strong case. The state government will go on appeal to the high court,” Khatana said. Kasim Khan, who fought the case for the victim’s family, lamented that police had not conducted a proper probe but the family will fight ahead.

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