Oppn: Is the govt saying no one killed Pehlu Khan?
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.
Pehlu Khan's family members protest in New Delhi.