Unfair charges, will seek research again, says the Pehlu family

ALWAR/JAIPUR: The family of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, who was lynched by cow guards in 2017, said on Sunday he would challenge the police charge sheet in court on the grounds that it was based on an unfair investigation .

The charge sheet accused the two sons of Pehlu, Irshad, 25, and Arif, 22, of transporting cows in violation of the Bovine Animal Law of Rajasthan (Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Exportation) of 1995. While Pehlu omitted the name of the charge sheet As he was dead, one, the owner of the van used to transport the animals, was accused of inciting the crime.

The police claimed that none of the defendants had permission under the RBA Act to transport cows outside of Rajasthan.

Irshad, however, said that the cows were not being moved out of state and, therefore, could not be charged under that Act. We had bought cows at a cattle fair in Jaipur and were taking the cattle to Tapukara in Alwar to deliver them to our relatives. But the police ignored our repeated appeals and insisted that the cows were being transported to Haryana, said Irshad, adding that the charge sheet was based on unfounded premises and that the family would seek further investigation into the case.

The family's lawyer, Kasim Khan, said they did not need the permit because Pehlu and his children never intended to transport the cows out of Rajasthan.

Pehlu had with him all the important documents, including the purchase receipts issued by the municipal corporation. The cows would be transported inside Rajasthan, the lawyer said, adding that they would move a request to question the charge sheet. Meanwhile, Alwar SP Paris Deshmukh said the police were ready to review the case if some crucial facts were overlooked during the course of the investigation.

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