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