The six defendants in the lynching case of Pehlu Khan were acquitted

NEW DELHI: The local court in Rajasthan Alwar on Wednesday he acquitted the six defendants in the Pehlu Khan lynching case.

Pehlu Khan, his two sons and a few others, were transporting cows from Jaipur to their native place in Haryana’s Nuh district when they were intercepted and thrashed by cow vigilantes with sticks and rods near Behror in Alwar district on April 1, 2017. Pehlu died on April 3.

The Behror police station registered seven FIRs in the matter - one for Khan’s murder and six for “illegal transport of bovines”. Police had already filed chargesheets in all cases barring one (FIR No: 253/17). Investigation in the last case was completed on December 30, 2018, but the chargesheet was presented in court only on May 24, 2019.

The court of the additional district judge completed the final trial proceedings on August 7 and reserved the case for judgment on Wednesday. Proceedings in the court had been going on regularly after the apex court shifted the trial from Behror to Alwar. More than 40 witnesses, including Khan’s two sons who were with him on the day of the incident, deposed in the case.