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Alwar Lynching: Pehlu Khan's name not in charge sheet, says Ashok Gehlot amid row

The Rajasthan government on Saturday denied reports that Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly lynched by cow vigilantes in Alwar two years ago, has been chargesheeted for illegally transporting cattle.

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Alwar Lynching: Pehlu Khan's name not in charge sheet, says Ashok Gehlot amid row
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The Rajasthan government on Saturday denied reports that Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly lynched by cow vigilantes in Alwar two years ago, has been chargesheeted for illegally transporting cattle.

Denying the report by the Indian Express, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the Congress is ideologically committed against any kind of lynching anywhere in the country. Our government is vigilant to ensure it will not have happened again, he said adding that the name of Pehlu Khan is not there in the charge sheet submitted by Rajasthan Police in December 2018.

According to a PTI report, police here have filed a charge sheet against Pehlu Khan's two sons and a truck operator for illegally transporting cattle.

Although the case goes back to April 2017 when the BJP was in power in the state, the charge sheet is being filed months after the Congress took over.

"The charge sheet was accepted by the court on May 24 against three persons under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal Act. Since Pehlu Khan had died, he has not been chargesheeted," Alwar Superintendent of Police Anil Paris Deshmukh told PTI.

However, Pehlu Khan's name was mentioned in the summary of the charge sheet. This was confirmed by Gehlot who assured that his government will see if investigation was done with predetermined intentions.

"This is a separate case which was registered and investigated under previous government in 2017-18 against Mr Arif, Mr Irshad and Mr Khan Mohd (Transporter), since accused name in the charge sheet were not present at the time of the submission in December 2018, the District court accepted the Challan on 24thmay 2018. However, our government will see if investigation was done with predetermined intentions" Gehlot said. 

The issue triggered a row with AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi charging that the Congress in power was the "replica of the BJP". Owaisi was reacting to earlier reports that Pehlu Khan was also chargesheeted.

Police has maintained that the case against Pehlu Khan, his sons Irshad Khan (25) Aarif Khan (22) and truck operator Khan Mohammad stood proved in the investigation.
 
They were charged under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.

Pehlu Khan and his sons were thrashed by a mob on the suspicion of cow smuggling in Alwar's Behror on Aprli 1, 2017. Pehlu Khan died at a hospital in Alwar on April 3.

The Rajasthan Police registered a case against the people who allegedly lynched Pehlu Khan and thrashed his companions. 

Six men were named in the FIR which also mentioned about 200 unidentified people.

A case was also registered then against Pehlu Khan and others under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal Act, which allows the transportation of cattle only after getting permission from the administration.

Police had then booked 16 people for illegally transporting 36 animals in six vehicles.

They were on their way to Nuh district in Haryana from Jaipur when the cow vigilantes stopped two of the vehicles in Behror on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway, thrashing Pehlu Khan and his sons.

(With PTI inputs)

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