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Pehlu Khan’s murder probe handed over to CB-CID

Relatives of Pehlu Khan along with social activists in Jaipur, April 24, 2017. Courtesy: HT

Alwar: The state police have handed over the investigation of Pehlu Khan’s alleged mob lynching to the criminal investigation department -crime branch (CB-CID). The police said the probe was shifted after considering a demand for a fair investigation from the victim’s family.

“Yes, the case has been handed over to the CB-CID wing and it will be investigating the matter now,” additional director general of police (crime) Pankaj Kumar Singh told HT.

55-year-old Pehlu Khan was attacked by gau rakshaks on April 1. He was transporting the cattle to his native village of Jaisinghpur in Haryana that he had purchased from Jaipur market. It was then, he was attacked by a mob. He succumbed to injuries during treatment at a hospital after two days.

A case was filed at the Berhor police station and the station house office, Behror. The police were investigating the matter but failed to provide any significant results. The case was then handed over to the deputy superintendent of police (Behror) Parmal Singh Gurjar.

The third change took place in May when the case was handed over to the additional superintendent of police (Kotputli), Ram Swaroop Sharma on the orders of the inspector general of police, Jaipur. The change, again, took place due to raging criticism of the slow progress in the case.

Pehlu Khan’s family expressed disappointment over the investigation’s pace and threatened to commit mass suicide if the accused get bail. It is the fourth change that the probe has been transferred to CB-CID.

“The pace of the investigation is very disappointing. Despite strong evidence, the accused are likely to get bail within three months. If that happens, all our family members will commit suicide,” Pehlu Khan’s uncle Hussain Khan said at an event organised by the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan in New Delhi.