The Alwar police on Tuesday blamed victims for the lack of progress in a case over the killing of a dairy farmer Pehlu Khan by alleged cow vigilantes in the district over twenty days ago.
The 55-year-old farmer and four others from Nuh in Haryana were assaulted by self-styled cow vigilantes near Behror in Rajasthan on Delhi-Alwar highway on April 1, branding them as cattle smugglers.
Khan succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital on April 3.
The Alwar police said the investigation into the case got stuck because the four, including two sons of Khan, who were injured in the attack did not return to record their statements before the police.
Alwar superintendent of police Rahul Prakash said the four after being discharged from the hospital were told to record their statements at Behror police station.
“They did not come to us to record the statements,” he said.
However, Irshad, Khan’s injured son said though they were taken to the police station after the death of his father on April 3 their statements were not taken.
“We were there until noon the next day, but police didn’t record our statements,” he told HT over telephone from his village in Nuh.
In connection with the lynching, police so far arrested six people out of the eight identified from the video of the incident doing the rounds on social media.
“We have so far arrested six people, all of whom were identified from the videos,” he said. “We have identified two more people from the video and trying to arrest them.”
Police registered a case of culpable homicide against six named and 200 unnamed accused for assaulting the five men around 11pm on April 1. The FIR was registered on the basis of the statement Khan gave to police from ICU before his death.
On April 3, after Khan passed away, the section of culpable homicide was replaced with a section for murder (302 of the IPC).
Police named Om Yadav (45), Hukum Chand Yadav (44), Sudhir Yadav (45), Jagmal Yadav (73), Naveen Sharma (48) and Rahul Saini (24) for the lynching.
On April 5, police arrested three people – Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Yadav and Kalu Ram Yadav. Two more accused – Dayanand Yadav and Neeraj Yadav – were arrested on April 9. On April 21, 30-year-old Yogesh Khati was arrested.
However, none of those arrested were named in the FIR. The six named accused are absconding since Khan died in the hospital.
Earlier, on April 16, the Alwar police said they will not arrest the six named in the FIR before interrogating them to make sure they were involved in the crime.
Prakash said they were raiding various places to nab the six but added they would only be detained for interrogation.
“We will arrest them only after we are sure that they were involved in the crime,” he told HT.
Earlier, on April 5, Prakash announced a reward of Rs 5,000 to anyone who would provide information that would lead to the arrest of the six absconders.