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Pehlu Khan has become synonymous to mob lynching: Gehlot

Vote bank politics was played by the then government in the Pehlu Khan case, he said

Thursday October 31, 2019 7:21 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Ashok Gehlot on Mob Lynching

New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said that the filing of an FIR against Pehlu Khan, his sons and other victims of mob lynching was part of a big conspiracy hatched by members of the previous government to save their skins.

"An innocent man was made the target of mob lynching. Surprisingly, no FSL (Forensic Science Laboratory) report was made and there was no further investigation. Hence our government recently formed an SIT and made an appeal in High Court", Gehlot said while addressing the media in New Delhi.

"We hope that truth shall win in the case", he added.

"In fact, the High Court's orders on Wednesday to quash the FIR against Pehlu and his family are a welcome step in this perspective. Now, the Rajasthan government wants that justice should be given to Pehlu Khan and his family members," he said.

"Today, Pehlu Khan stands synonymous to mob lynching. Whenever mob lynching is reported in future, Pehlu Khan will be remembered by the judiciary, police and governments", he said.

"Hence we want the accused to be penalised. Vote bank politics was played by the then government in the Pehlu Khan case," Gehlot added.

The Chief Minister also said that his government had formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the Pehlu Khan case to ensure that Khan's family members get justice.

Pehlu was lynched by a mob at Behror in the Alwar district on the suspicion of smuggling cow in 2017. Pehlu was going to Tapukheda after buying a milch cow from Jaipur. He had all the proofs from the Jaipur Municipal Corporation regarding the purchase. But the police, under the erstwhile BJP government pressure, filed a fake charge-sheet.

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