JAIPUR — Almost two years after 55-year old dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes, who dragged him out of the truck in which he was transporting cattle bought from a fair, the Alwar sessions court on Wednesday acquitted all six accused in the case, giving them the benefit of the doubt.
The judgment was announced in the court of Alwar additional district and session judge number-1, Dr Sarita Swami.
All six accused were caught on cellphone camera but a trial court in Alwar said the video was not clear enough to establish their presence.
That Pehlu Khan did not name his attackers in his initial statement to the police left room for doubt, said defence lawyer Hukam Chand Sharma.
The man who recorded the video of the savage attack on his mobile phone did not testify in court and a second man who made a video turned hostile, it is reported.
The hearing of the case ended on August 7 and nine people were held accused in the case which also included three minors who were out on bail.
The family of the victim produced 44 witnesses.
Khan’s advocate Kasim Khan said the case has not been investigated properly and that the police produced a charge sheet under political pressure. “We shall study the judgment and will chalk out our strategy,” he said.
Pehlu Khan was a resident of Nuh (Haryana). On April 1, 2017 he was thrashed by a mob when he was transporting cattle in a pickup van on suspicion of smuggling cows from Rajasthan to Haryana, which led to his death on April 3, 2017 in a government hospital.
In 2017, the Rajasthan police had given a clean chit to the six people named by Pehlu Khan in his dying statement.
The remaining three accused are minors and are being tried in a juvenile court.
(With media inputs)