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Pehlu Khan lynching: Rajasthan Police gives clean chit to 6 accused

The police investigation had named nine other accused ? two of them minors ? against whom the case will continue. In photo: The Not In My Name protest held in Delhi against the recent lynchings. Photograph: (PTI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 14, 2017, 08.24 AM (IST)

The Rajasthan Police has given a clean chit to six men accused of lynching Pehlu Khan. 

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Pehlu Khan was stopped and beaten by a mob in Alwar, Rajasthan while transporting cattle to his home in Nuh, Haryana. 

He died a few days later in hospital. 

Pehlu Khan was a dairy farmer. He had bought the cattle at a fair in Jaipur.

He had the requisite papers with him. 

The Hindustan Times reported that the men -- three of whom are linked to Hindu right-wing organisations -- were given clean chits on the basis of statements made by the staff of a cow shelter, and mobile phone records. 

The staff of the cow shelter said the six accused were at the shelter, about four kilometres from the attack site, when the attack on Pehlu Khan took place
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The HT reported that the staff of the cow shelter, Rath Gaushala, had said the the six accused -- named as Om Yadav (45), Hukum Chand Yadav (44), Sudhir Yadav (45), Jagmal Yadav (73), Naveen Sharma (48) and Rahul Saini (24) – were at the shelter, about four kilometres from the attack site, when the attack on Pehlu Khan took place. 

The Hindustan Times added that Rath Gaushala is patronised by Jagmal Yadav.

HT quoted the police report as saying: “The statements of witnesses in the case including policemen and the employees of the Rath Gaushala indicate that none of the accused was present at the time of the attack. Call record details of the six people along with Base Transceiver Station (BTS) location of mobiles further support this.” 

“Based on the findings of the investigating officer, it is hereby recommended that the names of the six accused be removed from the case as they have been found not guilty,” the report added. 

The Hindustan Times added that the police investigation names nine other accused – two of them minors.

The HT added that seven of the other accused have been arrested, while two are absconding. 

The case against the other nine accused -- identified from video footage of the attack on Pehlu Khan. The videos had circulated on social media -- will continue. 

The Hindustan Times reported Alwar police chief Rahul Prakash as saying a charge sheet would be filed in court after the arrest of the two accused who are absconding.
 

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