In a controversial development, the Rajasthan Police has filed a charge sheet in the Alwar lynching case and has booked the deceased Pehlu Khan for cow smuggling.
The dairy farmer was thrashed by an angry mob back in 2017 in Rajasthan's Alwar for transporting cattle. Within five months of the incidence, Rajasthan Police gave a clean chit to six men accused of killing Khan.
The charge sheet posthumously accused Khan of smuggling, however, on the contrary, his supporters and protesters have maintained otherwise, and said that he was only transporting cattle for the sake of selling and buying
The charge sheet, along with Khan also names the owner of the pick-up truck that was used to transporting the cattle on the day when lynching had taken place.
Khan was charged under Section 5, 8 and 9 of Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995 and Rules, 1995.
April 1, 2017
Pehlu Khan and few others were returning from Jaipur to his village in Nuh, Haryana, carrying cattle. They were stopped by a group of cow vigilantes on Behror highway, who started thrashing them over suspicion that the bovines were being illegally transported. Khan was seriously injured and was then rushed to the hospital.
April 2, 2017
Instead of registering a case against the mob that thrashed Khan and his mates, Rajasthan Police registered a complaint against Khan and his sons Irshad and Arif under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.
April 3, 2017
Pehlu Khan succumbed to his injuries at around 7 PM in the hospital.
April 5, 2017
Police file a murder case against the attackers and put a reward of Rs 5,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects. And FIR lodged was against the Gau Rakshaks under IPC Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (destruction of property), 308 (culpable homicide) and 379 (theft). After Khan’s death, the police have added Section 302 (murder) as well.
Following which, the Police made arrests of three people in connection with the case.
April 6, 2017
Reports on Pehlu Khan’s statement given to the police had started to emerge. In the statement, Khan had named Gau Rakshaks allegedly linked to Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP).
April 7, 2017
The Rajasthan government submitted a preliminary report to the Home Ministry about the incident. One more arrest was made in connection with the case, taking the total number of arrests to four. The Ministry of Home Affairs constituted a special team to investigate and arrest the accused.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notice to Rajasthan government in the lynching of Pehlu Khan in Alwar by cow vigilantes. The Commission also asked Union Home Ministry to inform about the steps being taken to deal with such incidents in the country.
April 9, 2017
Alwar Police arrested 2 more people in connection with the case, taking the number of arrests to 6.
May 3, 2017
A 17-year-old youth detained by the Alwar Police in connection with the Pehlu Khan lynching case. The accused, who was a school student, was identified on the basis of a video in which a mob is seen assaulting Khan and others.
May 11, 2017
The Rajasthan Police changed the investigation officer (IO) in the case. The probe is taken away from the deputy SP of Alwar police and handed over to an additional SP of Jaipur rural police.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje broke her silence over increasing mob violence, said, “Mob violence is unacceptable and those found guilty will be severely punished".
July 9, 2017
Alwar lynching case was then transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department – Crime Branch (CB-CID). This is the third time the case changed hands.
August 31, 2017
Rajasthan High Court granted bail to 19-year-old Vipin Yadav.
September 13, 2017
Rajasthan Police gave a clean chit to six men accused in the killing of Pehlu Khan.
(With PTI inputs)