New Delhi, Sept 14: The Rajasthan Police have reportedly given clean chit to six accused arrested in connection with the murder of Phelu Khan. According to a report by Hindustan Times, the police have closed the investigation against the six accused based on statements of the staff of a cow shelter and phone records. Pehlu Khan was waylaid and beaten mercilessly by the cow vigilantes on April 1, 2017, when he was transporting cows to his small dairy farm in Rajasthan’s Alwar. Khan, who had the necessary permit to transport the cows for his dairy business, succumbed to injuries two days later.
The the six accused — Om Yadav (45), Hukum Chand Yadav (44), Sudhir Yadav (45), Jagmal Yadav (73), Naveen Sharma (48) and Rahul Saini (24) – were present at Rath Gaushala, which was about four-km from the attack site, said the staff of the cow shelter. According to the investigation report, the mobile phone records of the accused also showed that they were not at the crime scene. The report further recommends that the names of the accused should be removed from the case.
“The statements of witnesses in the case including policemen and the employees of the Rath Gaushala indicate that none of the accused was present at the time of the attack. Call record details of the six people along with Base Transceiver Station (BTS) location of mobiles further support this,” reads the report. “Based on the findings of the investigating officer, it is hereby recommended that the names of the six accused be removed from the case as they have been found not guilty,” the report concluded.
The Crime Investigation Department-Crime Branch sent this report to the Alwar police on September 1, asking them to remove the six people from the list of accused in the case, following which cops cancelled a reward of Rs 5,000 each for information about the six accused. Pehlu Khan named these accused in his statement made in an intensive care unit of the Kailash Hospital in Behror around 11 pm on April 1.
The case will continue against nine other people identified from the video of the lynching. Seven of them have been arrested and two are absconding. A charge sheet will be filed after the arrest of two absconding accused, said Alwar police chief Rahul Prakash.