Alwar | Jagran News Desk: A local court in Alwar accepted on Friday a plea by Rajasthan Police to further investigate the cattle smuggling case against the sons of deceased Pehlu Khan, who was lynched by a mob in 2017 on suspicion of cow smuggling.

The Rajasthan Police had filed a petition in the court five days ago to reopen the chargesheet against Pehlu Khan and his sons, which the court allowed today. A supplementary charge sheet will be filed after the investigation in the case, Alwar SP Parish Deskhmukh said.

Two FIRs, one against Pehlu Khan and his sons for transporting cattles to other state without required permissions, and the other against 8 eight people who allegedly killed the dairy farmer and thrashed his sons, have been filed in the case so far.

Recently, the victim's family had submitted an application to the Rajasthan Police, in which they claimed that they were not transporting cows to other states but to some relative's farm in Alwar.

Rajasthan Police, on the account of this application, sought court's permission to reinvestigate the illegal cattle transportation case. On the other hand, eight men arrested for beating Pehlu Khan to death, are out on bail and other two accused are still absconding.

Case takes political colour

55-year-old Pehlu Khan, a native of Nuh in Haryana, was allegedly beaten up by self-styled cow vigilantes near Behror in Rajasthan on the Delhi-Alwar highway on April 1, accusing him of smuggling cattle. He succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital on April 3.

The right-wing activists had condemned the chargesheet released in June, questioning the argumentation behind framing Pehlu Khan's family as the culprits, while claiming that it is clear that they were the victims in the incident.

After the final report by the probe team was prepared and submitted to the court on 24 May, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, blaming the then BJP government in the state, had said that "investigation of this case was done in the past during BJP government and chargesheet was presented. If any discrepancies will be found in the investigation, the case will be re-investigated".

Meanwhile, the eldest son of deceased Pehlu Khan, Irshad in June expressed grief over the attack which led to his father's death. "We lost our father in the attack by cow vigilantes and now we have been charged as cow smugglers. We had hoped that the new Congress government will review and withdraw the case against us but that didn't happen," he was quoted as saying.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma