‘Pehlu com­mit­ted sui­cide, staged lynch­ing to make a dra­matic exit’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

:From dis­be­lief and anger to wit laced with sar­casm and caus­tic com­ments against the rul­ing party in Ra­jasthan and at the Cen­tre, that’s how the so­cial me­dia re­acted to Ra­jasthan po­lice’s move to give a clean chit to all the six ac­cused named in the Pehlu Khan lynch­ing case.

Hin­dus­tan Times was the first to re­port how the state po­lice have de­cided to close in­ves­ti­ga­tions against six peo­ple, three of them linked to Hindu right wing or­gan­i­sa­tion, named by the 55-year-old dairy farmer be­fore his death.

Khan was way­laid by a mob in Al­war on April 1 and beaten up mer­ci­lessly.

He later died in hospi­tal. Dur­ing the day, ‘Pehlu Khan’ was the fourth most trend­ing topic on Twit­ter. Jour­nal­ist Rajdeep Sardesai, who was one of the first to re­act, wrote, “No one killed Pehlu Khan? How brazen can we get?”

Re­spond­ing to Sardesai’s tweet, a Twit­ter user, with the han­dle @TheAgeOfBananas, wrote, “Not brazen enough. Wait till his­tory books will say Pehlu Khan com­mit­ted sui­cide in penance of beef con­sump­tion.”

The BJP gov­ern­ment in the state has re­vised the his­tory books in­clud­ing show­ing Ma­ha­rana Pratap as win­ner of Haldighati bat­tle. Crit­ics have termed it as saf­fro­ni­sa­tion of ed­u­ca­tion.

Colum­nist Tavleen Singh slammed the chargesheet filed by the po­lice. “Hor­ri­fy­ing that Pehlu Khan’s killers might get away with his mur­der. Where the rule of law fails there comes the law of the jungle,” she tweeted.

The po­lit­i­cal fra­ter­nity, too, was quick to re­act. For­mer Jam­muandKash­mirchiefmin­is­ter Omar Abdullah, wrote, “How fool­ish to ex­pect any­one would be found guilty of mur­der! #PehluKhan com­mit­ted sui­cide & staged the lynch­ing to make a dra­matic exit.”

Tak­ing a jibe at the state gov­ern­ment and po­lice, Asadud­din Owaisi, Hy­der­abad MP, wrote, “Pehlu khan was killed by Aliens frm Mars wear­ing hel­mets,not by Gau rak­shak so BJP govt gives clean chit all Ac­cused.what Modi said a JUMLA [mere state­ment].”

Congress leader from Ma­ha­rash­tra, She­hzad Poon­awalla, took the dis­course fur­ther. “We will take up Pehlu Khan case be­fore SC which is hear­ing our Gau Rak­sha PIL on 22nd Septem­ber and seek jus­tice too.” Re­fer­ring to the Manav Su­rak­sha Kanoon (MaSuKa) which is be­ing de­manded by cer­tain groups, he added, “In Pehlu Khan case MaSuKa law would put onus on cops to en­sure a proper c/s (chargesheet) is filed.”

Strong re­ac­tions also emerged on Face­book. In his scathing post, Si­taram Yechury, CPIM leader, said, “No one killed Pehlu Khan, de­spite his dy­ing state­ment and other proof avail­able. Dear BJPRSS, a cover-up amounts to com­plic­ity in lynch­ing.”

HT FILE PHOTO

A woman with Pehlu Khan’s mother at their home in Jais­ingh­pur, Nuh.

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