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Court permits police to re-open charge sheet in Pehlu Khan lynching

Court permits police to re-open charge sheet in Pehlu Khan lynching

Alwar: A local court here on Thursday permitted Rajasthan Police to reinvestigate the case of Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly lynched for transporting cattle illegally in 2017.

Alwar Police had on Friday filed a petition in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate to re-open the charge sheet to reinvestigate five points in the case.

A supplementary charge sheet will be filed after the investigation in the case, Alwar SP Parish Deskhmukh said.
The police had filed a charge sheet for cow smuggling against Khan and his two sons.
In 2018, the previous BJP government in the state had filed a similar charge sheet against two associates of Khan, who were also attacked by the mob.

There were two FIRs registered in the case. One was against the mob for beating Khan to death and second against him and his family for transporting cattle (cow) illegally out of the state.

The police had earlier given a clean chit to the six people accused of lynching Khan, a dairy farmer. The police’s decision was reportedly based on statements of the staff of a cow shelter and mobile phone records.
55-year-old Khan, a native of Nuh in Haryana, was allegedly beaten up by self-styled cow vigilantes near Behror in Rajasthan on the Delhi-Alwar highway on April 1, accusing him of smuggling cattle. He succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital on April 3.

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