A sessions court in Alwar acquitted all six persons accused of beating Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan to death in April 1, 2017, giving them the benefit of doubt. The incident was caught on camera spread through social media.
Additional District & Sessions Judge Sarita Swami pronounced the judgment in a packed courtroom. Arguments by the prosecution and defence were completed on August 7. More than 40 witnesses, including Pehlu Khan’s two sons, had deposed during the trial, reported The Hindu.
Khan, 55, and his sons were attacked near Behror by a mob of self-styled cow protectors and beaten up while transporting cows purchased from a cattle fair in Jaipur to their hometown in Haryana’s Nuh district. Khan died of his injuries after two days.
“The court today acquitted all six men who were accused of murdering Pehlu Khan,” Qasim Khan, who has provided legal help to Khan’s family, told The Indian Express
All the accused were granted bail at various stages during the trial of the case. Three of the accusers are minors. They are facing proceeding from the Juvenile Board.
Soon after the death, the Rajasthan police registered a case of murder. It also investigated the cow smuggling charge.
The Ashok Gehlot government recently faced criticism after a charge sheet was filed against Khan’s sons, Irshad and Aarif, and truck operator Khan Mohammad reported The Hindu.