Pahlu Khan lynching: Protest demonstration held outside Rajasthan Assembly
Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net,
Jaipur, April 24: With an aim to build pressure on the state BJP government to take harsh action against the cow vigilantes who lynched Haryana dairy farmer Pahlu Khan earlier this month, a three-day protest demonstration began outside the Assembly building here on Monday.
"The attack of self-styled Gau Rakshaks in Bahror (in Alwar district) should be investigated under the supervision of the Supreme Court of India," the protesters demanded in a memorandum to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
On 1st April, a gang of self-styled cow vigilantes (Gau Rakshaks) attacked Haryana's dairy farmer Pehlu Khan and four other Muslim dairy farmers in Alwar district of the state when they were returning after purchasing some cows and calves from a government-run fair in Jaipur. They were brutally beaten up by the mob. They had valid papers from the Municipal authorities of Jaipur. But the attackers didn't heed. Pahlu Khan, 50, succumbed to injuries in hospital. Azmat, another victim who got serious injuries in his backbone, is not able to walk. He is under treatment now.
Eminent personalities that took part in today's demonstration included former Gujarat IAS officer Harsh Mandar, Dalit youth leader Jignesh Mewani, PUCL Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava, Sumitra Chopra from CPM, state FDCA president Sawai Singh, Jamaat-e-Islami Rajasthan secretary Mohd. Nazimuddin and state Welfare Party president Er. Rashid Hussain.
They also demanded immediate arrest of the assaulters named in the FIR related to the murder of Pahlu Khan.
Other demands were suspension of SHO of Bahrore police station, transfer of Alwar Superintendent of Police.
More than three weeks have passed since the incident, but the state government has not announced any compensation for the victims.
Today, the civil rights activists demanded Rs one crore as compensation for the family of Pahlu Khan and Rs 25 lakh each for the injured.