Min­is­ter backs po­lice clean chit Cong, CPI(M), JD(U), Omar ask ques­tions

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par­ties on Thurs­day ex­pressed their an­guish at the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the Pehlu Khan lynch­ing case that gave a clean chit to six peo­ple named by Khan as his as­sailants be­fore he died in a hos­pi­tal in April this year.

Re­act­ing to a HT re­port on Thurs­day that quoted po­lice as say­ing that the six were not present at the site where Khan was as­saulted while he was trans­port­ing cows for his farm in Haryana, Ra­jasthan Con­gress chief Sachin Pi­lot said the farmer’s fam­ily should be given jus­tice.

“The gov­ern­ment should en­sure jus­tice for the fam­ily. The chief min­is­ter also promised the same but ac­cord­ing to Khan’s fam­ily, this does not look like jus­tice,” he said. Con­gress leader from Ma­ha­rash­tra She­hzad Poon­awalla tweeted: “We will take up Pehlu Khan case be­fore SC which is hear­ing our Gau Rak­sha PIL on 22nd Septem­ber and seek jus­tice too.”

In Jaipur for the San­jhi Vi­rasat Bachao con­ven­tion by op­po­si­tion par­ties, JD(U) leader Ali An­war An­sari and CPI(M) leader Si­taram Yechury also re­acted to the de­vel­op­ment. “Pehlu Khan named six peo­ple in his FIR. Now ef­forts are be­ing made to re­move them, sidelin­ing the re­port of the in­tel­li­gence bu­reau,” An­sari said. Yechury said, “It seems no one killed Pehlu Khan or maybe, he did not die,” adding that though Khan men­tioned the names in his state­ment, no ac­tion was taken against the cul­prits.

“How fool­ish to ex­pect any­one would be found guilty of mur­der! #PehluKhan com­mit­ted sui­cide & staged the lynch­ing to make a dra­matic exit,” For­mer J&K CM Omar Ab­dul­lah tweeted.

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