Shift the Court Cases relating to Pehlu Khan's lynching from Rajasthan.
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Pehlu Khan was lynched in Rajasthan by so called Cow Vigilantes on April 1, 2017. He was beaten mercilessly by six persons. After two days he succumbed to his injuries. In his dying statement he named four persons responsible for attack on him. Police started investigation. There were arrests too. Initially it looked as if the police was doing its duty in proper manner. But slowly the lynching took political colour.
On April 25 2017 the BJP MLA from Alwar Gyan Dev Ahuja stated that he had no regrets over the death of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer who was beaten to death allegedly by cow vigilantes. He was speaking to reporters outside the Rajasthan Assembly. Ahuja said, “Kanoon humko haath mein nahi lena chahiye. Lekin uski maut hui. Uske liye humko koi afsosh nahi hai. Aur afsosh karoonga bhi nahi kyunki jo gau taskar hain, gau hatyare hain, aise paapiyon ka yehi harsh hota raha hai, hota rahega (We should not take law into our hands. But we have no regret over his death because those who are cow-smugglers are cow-killers, sinners like them have met this fate earlier and will continue to do so).” He is the same MLA who gave a bizarre statement earlier in the wake of JNU controversy. The Report said: "Gyan Dev Ahuja, BJP MLA from Rajasthan, has stolen the spotlight from even the JNU students and Jats who are protesting, by making statements like JNU students use 3,000 condoms daily and dance naked. " Indiatoday in news. Feb. 23, 2016. (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/gyan-dev-ahuja-jnu-row-umar-khalid-kanhaiya-kumar-sedition/1/602836.html
To save the attackers it was alleged that Pehlu Khan was an animal smuggler. Even the Home Minister of the Rajasthan Mr. Gulab Chand Kataria stated in the Assembly that Pehlu Khan was a smuggler. He did so without any basis. The allegation that Pehlu Khan was a smuggler was found to be totally wrong. He and his family members were transporting the animals for their family dairy farm. The matter was investigated by the Hindustan Times and the report published on Sept. 14, 2017 clearly states that the family was not involved in cow smuggling. The Report said: "Khan was transporting cows from a market in Jaipur to his home in Nuh, Haryana, when he was lynched by alleged cow vigilantes near Alwar on April1, one of a string of attacks on Dalits and Muslims by self-styled protectors of an animal considered holy by many Hindus. Khan had the necessary permit to transport the cows for his dairy business".
Of the 15 accused in the case, two were minors and six have been let off. Out of the remaining seven accused, five have been granted bail even though some of them were clearly seen on camera beating up Pehlu. Pehlu Khan's son had stated that the police officers had helped them on the ground that there was no evidence against them. His logical question was that if they were not involved, “why they were arrested at all in the first place?”
The family of Pehlu Khan has already requested for transfer of the case from Rajasthan. Pehlu Khan's son, Irshad said, “We only have faith in the Supreme Court... I will fight this case for as long as I am alive but I can’t do that if I fear for my life in Rajasthan.” (http://indianexpress.com/article/india/pehlu-son-asks-if-men-in-video-didnt-kill-my-father-who-did-4845795/
Under the circumstances, it is evident that delivery of justice is not possible if the case continues in Rajasthan. The politicians and under their influence the Administration will subvert the case so that the culprits are not punished.
We request the Supreme Court of India to urgently transfer the matter outside Rajasthan for its speedy trial and for delivery of justice to the victim's family.
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