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Three 'Cow Vigilantes' Confess to Beating Pehlu Khan to Death in Alwar

Saahil Menghani | CNN-News18

Updated: April 6, 2017, 9:00 AM IST
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New Delhi: Three people have been arrested by police in Alwar for allegedly beating Pehlu Khan to death. Speaking to News18, a source in Alwar police claimed all three have confessed to the crime and said they were angered on seeing the cows being mistreated.

The trio — Vipin Yadav (19), Ravendra (32) and Kaluram (44) — are residents of Behror where the incident happened. News18 has learnt that in the preliminary interrogation, they denied being associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or the Bajrang Dal.

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Police sources told News18 that five people were identified from the video that was circulated on social media. Of them, three were seen beating Pehlu Khan and others, while the other two were seen standing nearby. They were picked up at around 9:45pm on Wednesday from their homes in Alwar's Behror.

Speaking to News18, Alwar's Superintendent of Police, Rahul Prakash, said the police have registered three FIRs — one against suspects who attacked Pehlu Khan, and one each against Khan and his family members.

In the FIR filed in the lynching incident, six people have been named. These names were given by Pehlu Khan in a statement to the police shortly before he succumbed to injuries at Alwar's Kailash Hospital on Monday.

The FIR against Pehlu Khan and his family members has been filed under the Rajasthan Bovine Animals (Prohibition of Slaughter & Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995. The law makes it mandatory to obtain a transit permit to transport bovine animals, including cows, out of Rajasthan, which according to the police the deceased and his family members didn't have.

Alwar's top cop Rahul Prakash though denied any police laxity.

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Speaking to News18, he defended the police and said, "I appreciate the Behror police because they immediately reached the location and saved the family members from the mob and provided medical help. Police registered the case same day."

When News18 asked him if this incident shows lack of fear for the law, he gave a bizarre explanation. "The fact that culprits have fled from their homes shows that there is law and order in place."

Pehlu Khan, said to be in his fifties, was beaten up along with other members of his family by a group of alleged cow vigilantes on National Highway 8 in Rajasthan's Alwar district on Saturday. Pehlu Khan was being treated in Alwar's Kailash hospital where he succumbed to injuries on Monday evening.

First Published: April 6, 2017, 8:18 AM IST
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