Five months after Pehlu Khan was lynched in Rajasthan’s Alwar, the state police have decided to close the investigation, Hindustan Times reported on 14 September.
The police have shut the investigation into the six people that were named by Khan before he died, based on statements given by staff members of a cow shelter as well as some telephonic records, the HT report said, quoting from an investigation report.
According to the report, the staff members of Rath Gaushala, a cow shelter, have said that the six men – 45-year-old Om Yadav and Sudhir Yadav, 44-year-old Hukum Chand Yadav, 73-year-old Jagmal Yadav, 48-year-old Naveen Sharma, and 24-year-old Rahul Saini – were present in the shelter.
This is significant because the gaushala is located about four kilometres from the site where Khan was lynched.
“The statements of witnesses in the case, including policemen and the employees of the Rath Gaushala, indicate that none of the accused were present at the time of the attack. Call record details of the six people, along with Base Transceiver Station (BTS) location of mobiles, further support this,” Hindustan Times quoted the investigation report.
The Crime Investigation Department-Crime Branch Department that was investigating the case had on 1 September asked the Alwar police to remove the names of the six men from the list of the accused. Subsequently, a reward on finding information on them was also cancelled.
Khan’s family, angered by these developments, told HT that the police is acting under pressure.
One 1 April 2017, Pehlu Khan had left home with his sons to buy cows from the Jaipur Cattle Fair. On his way back, he was attacked by some cow vigilantes. He succumbed to injuries a few days later.