Rajasthan court acquits 6 accused in 2017 mob killing of Pehlu Khan
New Delhi : On April 1, 2017, Pehlu Khan was dragged out of his vehicle in which he was transporting cattle from a fair and was assaulted brutally on the Jaipur-Delhi highway. He later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
Two years have passed to the incident and the men who were seen assaulting him on the video have been acquitted by a court in Rajasthan on the benefit of doubt.
All six accused were caught on a video shot by mobile camera, but the court ruled that the video is not clear enough to tag them as guilty.
Moments after the judge's "not guilty" ruling, slogans of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" erupted from supporters of the accused waiting outside the courtroom.
However, the cops had used the video to identify the assaulters and arrest them.
But that Pehlu Khan did not name his attackers in his initial statement to the police left room for doubt, according to defence lawyer Hukam Chand Sharma.
The court also noted what it felt were contradictory reports on how he died. While the post-mortem said he died of his injuries, doctors at the government hospital said a heart attack was the cause.
The man who recorded the video of the savage attack on his mobile phone did not testify in court and a second man who made a video turned hostile.