Oppn: Is the govt say­ing no one killed Pehlu Khan?

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UNITED Lead­ers take jibes at govt, cops for clean chit to 6 peo­ple named by the dairy farmer

Po­lit­i­cal 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 Hin­dus­tan Times re­port on Thurs­day that quoted po­lice as say­ing that the six peo­ple were not present at the site where Khan was as­saulted while he was trans­port­ing cows for his dairy farm in Nuh, Haryana, Ra­jasthan Congress pres­i­dent Sachin Pilot said the dairy 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.”

Re­fer­ring to the Manav Su­rak­sha Kanoon (MaSuKa) that has been de­manded by cer­tain groups, he added, “In Pehlu Khan case MaSuKa law would put onus on cops to en­sure a proper c/s (charge sheet) is filed.”

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.

For­mer Jammu and Kash­mir chief min­is­ter Omar Abdullah spoke in the same vein.

Tak­ing to Twit­ter, Omar wrote, “How fool­ish to ex­pect any­one would be found guilty of mur­der! #PehluKhan com­mit­ted sui­cide & staged the lynch­ing to make a dra­matic exit.”

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Hy­der­abad Asadud­din Owaisi also took a jibe at the state gov­ern­ment and the po­lice.

Tak­ing to Twit­ter, Owaisi said: “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].”

Shar­ing the sen­ti­ment, Aam Aadmi Party spokesper­son Ashutosh shared a pic­ture of the Hin­dus­tan Times story and al­leged that po­lice was try­ing to save the crim­i­nals de­spite Khan’s dy­ing dec­la­ra­tion that nailed them.

How fool­ish to ex­pect any­one would be found guilty of mur­der! #PehluKhan com­mit­ted sui­cide & staged the lynch­ing to make a dra­matic exit.

PTI FILE

Pehlu Khan's fam­ily mem­bers protest in New Delhi.

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