Pehlu Khan’s murder by gau rakshaks: 85-year-old mother protests; demands justice
New Delhi, April 20: On Wednesday, 85-year-old mother of Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly beaten to death by a group of gau rakshaks in Alwar, Rajasthan, staged a protest at the national capital demanding justice for her son as the police failed to nab a single accused so far in the case.
Along with Pehlu's other family members, his mother Ankuri Beegam asked the authorities to arrest and prosecute the six alleged accused, who had mercilessly beaten the deceased on suspicion of being a cow smuggler on April 1.
The 55-year-old dairy farmer from Nuh in Harayan succumbed to his injuries on April 3. The entire episode, where a group of cow vigilantes (gau rakshaks) were seen beating Pehlu, was shot on mobile phones by onlookers. The videos of the attack went viral on social media.
At the protest venue in Jantar Mantar, an old and visibly weak Ankuri was seen sitting in front of a hoarding with the message, "Mother of Pehlu Khan, Ankuri Beegam, demands justice."
"It has been more than two weeks and authorities are yet to arrest the accused. I want justice for my son, who was an innocent man and died a brutal death," Ankuri told reporters.
A few days ago, Pehlu's uncle, Hussain Khan, and other family members protested at Jaipur demanding action against the accused. Hussain threatened to commit suicide if the culprits were not arrested soon.
"My nephew was beaten mercilessly to death even though he had the documents to prove he legally purchased the cattle. The government, instead of arresting the accused, is trying to protect them. If we don't get justice soon, I, along with all my family members will commit suicide," Hussain told Hindustan Times.