ALWAR/JAIPUR – The family of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, who was lynched by cow vigilantes in Alwar district of Rajasthan in 2017, on Sunday said they would challenge the police chargesheet in the court on the ground that it was based on an unfair investigation.
The chargesheet has accused Pehlu’s two sons – Irshad, 25, and Arif, 22 – of transporting cows in violation of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995. While Pehlu’s name was dropped from the chargesheet as he was dead, one Khan Mohammad, the owner of the pick-up truck used to transport the animals, was charged with abetting the crime.
Police claimed that none of the accused had permission under the RBA Act to transport cows out of Rajasthan.
Irshad, however, said that cows were not being ferried out of the state and, therefore, they couldn’t be charged under the said Act. “We had purchased cows from a cattle fair in Jaipur and were taking the bovines to Tapukara in Alwar to deliver them to our relatives. But the police ignored our repeated appeals and insisted that cows were being ferried to Haryana,” Irshad was quoted by Times of India as saying. He added that the chargesheet was based on unfounded premises and the family would seek a fresh investigation into the case.
The family’s lawyer, Kasim Khan, said that they did not need the permission because Pehlu and his sons never intended to transport the cows out of Rajasthan.
“Pehlu had with him all important documents, including purchase receipts issued by the municipal corporation. The cows were to be transported within Rajasthan,” the lawyer said, adding that they would be moving an application challenging the chargesheet. Meanwhile, Alwar SP Paris Deshmukh said the police were ready to revisit the case if any crucial facts were overlooked during the course of probe.