Following the death of Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, the Rajasthan Police have filed cow smuggling charges against all the victims under state laws.
According to Head constable Harun Khan from the Behror police station, who is the investigating officer in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, said that they didn't get any documents from the victims and that's why they were found guilty of smuggling cows.
The police had charged nine men with the murder of Khan after identifying them from video footage of the lynching. The case is being tried in the court, but another investigation in September last year had cleared six others who Khan named in the FIR as his assailants.
This year in April, a horrific incident of mob lynching rattled the nation. The victim was Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer from Jaisinghpur village in Nuh tehsil of Mewat, Haryana, who was allegedly beaten to death by gau rakshaks on suspicion of cow smuggling in Behror area of Alwar, Rajasthan, on April 1. Pehlu died two days later and a video documenting the lynching went viral. However, before his death he named six people as prime accused in the case.
The staff of the cow shelter said 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 the Rath Gaushala at the time of the incident.