A local court in Rajasthan acquitted six out of the nine accused in 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case. Pehlu Khan and his two sons were brutally attacked on the Highway linking Jaipur to Alwar by a mob of more than two dozen people 2017.
An exhaustive independent civil society investigation in Pehlu Khan’s murder was conducted in 2017.
The investigation revealed that the police across the states were openly flouting the prime minister’s instructions, especially in the states that are ruled by Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), e it Haryana, Gujarat, Jharkhand or Rajasthan.
The pattern of behaviour exhibited by the police reflects either monumental inefficiency or a deliberate attempt to weaken the cases against the accused gau rakshaks, nearly all of whom are said to be connected with the BJP and its affiliates such as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal. Many of the accused have secured bail even though they have been charged with murder, that, too, committed in broad daylight. Their bail is even more surprising as the attackers took pictures and recorded videos of their acts which should anyway nail them without doubt.
Read the complete investigative report here.