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Nobody killed Pehlu Khan

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14.09.2017

The video might have been circulating for days on social media, showing a middle-aged man, dark-skinned from all the hard work under the blazing sun, clad in kurta-pajama, thrashed mercilessly by a band of men, young and old. The video - filmed on a bystander's smartphone - showed Pehlu Khan's lynching, the public spectacle of violence perpetrated by "gau rakshaks" that had gripped the whole country like a mental plague. Pehlu Khan's body was bloodied, he was pleading for mercy. No one showed him any.

Five-and-a-half months since the man was beaten to death — Khan died in an Alwar clinic, but not before he named the perpetrators of his own death — the Rajasthan authorities have "closed the case", reports the Hindustan Times. The six men named by Khan and his son, Irshad, who was also present at the scene and received serious injuries himself, have been let off for want of evidence. This, despite the dying man's testimony, the incriminating video which was circulated with great aplomb among the right-wing hate mob, and the family members' grievous calls for justice.

But no. Rajasthan Police in Alwar think none of those named in no uncertain terms by the victim and his kin are guilty. The April 1, 2017, lynching of Pehlu Khan has nobody responsible. Who's this "nobody" who has been on a killing spree in India, felling Muslim and Dalit people, journalists, rationalists, truth-tellers and seekers, challengers........

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