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Pehlu Khan's family seeks court-monitored probe

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The family of a dairy farmer murdered in allegedly by cow vigilantes has sought a court-monitored probe into the killing and demanded shifting of the case out of the state after police gave a clean chit to six accused.

Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer from Jaisinghpur village, 15 km from Nuh town in Haryana, was lynched by suspected cow vigilantes in April at the Behror crossing while returning home after buying cows from Jaipur.

Khan's son Irshad, who was present when the murderous attack took place in Alwar, told the media here on Friday that those given clean chit by the Police were among the attackers.

"They beat him up in front of my eyes," Irshad said.

His family said five others got bail on the ground that they were not present at the spot during the crime.

"If no one was there, who killed my father," a distraught Irshad asked.

Irshad said he had got death threats for pursuing the case and demanded the shifting of the case from to Haryana or elsewhere.

"Last time I went to Behror regarding the case, they (people close to the accused) stopped their car near ours and told me that they'll shoot me if I came back," Irshad told IANS.

Irshad said he was not called for identification before the six of the accused were given the clean chit and five others bailed out.

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who was present on the occasion, said those given the clean chit were named by Pehlu Khan in his dying declaration which the police ignored.

"Investigating agencies have been pressurised by the BJP and gross injustice is being done to the bereaved family," he said.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for instigating this kind of violence all over the country," the Congress leader said.

Congress leader Shehzad Poonawalla said the Supreme has used a dying declaration as a standalone evidence in many cases, but the Police let off the accused in Khan's case on flimsy grounds.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 21:14 IST
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