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Rajasthan police file chargesheet against mob lynching victim Pehlu Khan

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Rajasthan police file chargesheet against mob lynching victim Pehlu Khan

Outrage and shock followed reports of Rajasthan Police filing a chargesheet against a man lynched to death over two years ago by a group of ‘gau rakshaks’. The incident happened under BJP government when Vasundhara Raje was chief minister, but the chargesheet came under the current government headed by Ashok Gehlot.

Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, was beaten to death by ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow vigilantes) in April 2017 when he was transporting cattle. Rajasthan Police have named him posthumously in the chargesheet filed in the court, accusing him of cow smuggling.

Earlier, Pehlu Khan’s family had claimed they had valid papers and permits to show they were transporting cattle lawfully but the attackers tore up the papers and started beating them up.

Pehlu Khan was a 55-year-old resident of Jaisinghpur village of Nuh district in Mewat. He and his two sons had left village to purchase cattle in order to increase milk produce for Ramzan. They were on their way back with cows that they had bought at a cattle fair in state capital Jaipur to their home in Haryana, when a group of self-proclaimed gau rakshaks stopped them on the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway. Surrounded by a mob of cow vigilantes, Khan had tried to save himself by showing his purchase receipts, but the mob beat them up.

As is the practice in such mob lynchings, the assault was recorded on a cell-phone and circulated. It showed a group of men grabbing Pehlu Khan by the neck, throwing him to the ground and kicking and hitting him. Khan died in hospital two days later.

Rajasthan Police registered separate First Information Reports (FIRs) in the case, one against eight people who allegedly lynched Pehlu Khan, another against him and his sons for transporting cattle allegedly without the district collector’s permission and one against transporter.

All the eight accused are out on bail and two of them are untraceable, reported NDTV.

The latest chargesheet was filed by the Rajasthan government in the second FIR. The case against Pehlu Khan will be closed as he has died, but it will continue against his sons. The chargesheet also names the owner of the pick-up truck that was used for transporting the cattle on April 1, 2017, when the lynching took place near Behror.

The latest chargesheet, in which Pehlu Khan has been posthumously charged, was prepared on December 30 last year, after the new Congress government came into power in Rajasthan that month. It was presented in the court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Behror on May 29 this year.

The chargesheet accuses Khan and his sons under sections 5, 8 and 9 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995 and Rules, 1995, reported The Indian Express (IE).

Khan’s eldest son Irshad (25), who is named in the chargesheet, told IE: “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 in Rajasthan will review and withdraw the case against us but now a chargesheet has been filed against us. We hoped for justice after the government change but that didn’t happen.”

Last year, the previous BJP government in Rajasthan had filed a similar chargesheet against Azmat and Rafique, two associates of Khan who were also attacked by the mob that also targeted the truck driver Arjun. Jagdish Prasad, the owner of the pick-up, was also charged under Section 6 of the Act.

“After complete investigation in the matter, offences under section 5, 8, 9 RBA Act has been proved against accused Irshad, Aarif and Pehlu Khan while offences under Section 6 RBA Act has been proved against accused Khan Mohammed,” states the current chargesheet filed against FIR number 253/17 of Behror police station, Alwar.

In 2017, police filed two separate FIRs under the RBA Act because two separate pick-ups were attacked – one owned by Jagdish and driven by Arjun and in the second pick-up, owned by Mohammed, Pehlu Khan and his sons were aboard.

While one case was filed against Azmat, Rafique, Arjun and later Jagdish, in which the chargesheet was filed last year, a second FIR was filed against Pehlu Khan and his two sons.

In the second case, Mohammed was also made an accused after police found during the probe that he owned the pick-up in which Pehlu was travelling.

Section 5 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995 and Rules, 1995 pertains to prohibition of the export of bovine animals for the purpose of slaughter and regulation of temporary migration or export for other purposes.

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According to Section 6, the transporter is also an abettor and is liable for the same punishment as the person committing the offence. Section 8 is about the penalty for such offences while Section 9 mentions punishment for causing hurt to a bovine animal.

The issue soon snowballed into a political controversy, with Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi questioning the silence of “selective liberals”.

AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi also criticised the Congress government for the chargesheet and called it a “replica” of the BJP. “Congress in “Power” is replica of BJP ,Muslims of Rajasthan must realise this,reject such individuals/organisations who are brokers of congress party,& start developing their own independent political platform ,70 years is a long time please CHANGE,” he tweeted.

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West Bengal train ticket examiner collapses after live wire falls on him, video viral | Watch

The Senior DCM of Kharagpur, while talking to the media, also expounded on the conversation and stated that a probe has been ordered into the matter to find the genesis of the incident. According to reports, the officials suspect that the wire which caused the incident might have snapped after it came in contact with another live wire.

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West Bengal train ticket examiner collapses after live wire falls on him, video viral | Watch

A spine-chilling video has come to light from West Bengal’s Kharagpur railway station, where two Train ticker examiners (TT3) were conversing, and out of the blue, a live wire fell on one. One of the two TTEs was able to save himself and step away from the area of impact, whereas, the other one wasn’t so lucky as the man comes in direct contact where the live wire fell on him.

In the video, two TTE’s can be seen conversing on the platform of the Kharagpur railway station and out of the blue, a live wire can be seen falling on one of the man which electrocuted the man which led to him collapsing and falling down the platform and onto the train tracks.

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The video also shows the man conversing with the victim prior to the live wire fall, being taken aback by what transpired as he narrowly escapes from it. The man can also be seen holding on to his hat as he dashes away from the the live wire.

According to reports, the man was identified as Sujan Singh Sardar and upon witnessing the incident, the railway officials rushed to the victim and took him to the hospital. The man was reportedly reached stable state.

Authorities action

The Senior DCM of Kharagpur, while talking to the media, also expounded on the conversation and stated that a probe has been ordered into the matter to find the genesis of the incident. According to reports, the officials suspect that the wire which caused the incident might have snapped after it came in contact with another live wire.

Twitter reaction

After the video of the incident went viral one user came forward to remark on the incident and claimed the blood to be in the hands of the government, stauchly implyin that what caused the incident is the negligence of the government.

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Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Row: MVA MPs meet Amit Shah, protest outside Maharashtra Bank in Bengaluru

Members of the Namma Karnataka Sena staged a vigorous protest against the Maharashtra government outside the bank located in Gandhinagar.

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Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Row: MVA MPs meet Amit Shah, protest outside Maharashtra Bank in Bengaluru

Home Minister Amit Shah is having a meeting with MPs of Mahavikas Aghadi in Delhi on the issue of border dispute between Maharashtra-Karnataka. It is reported that a team of MVA MPs led by Supriya Sule has come to meet the Home Minister. Apart from the ongoing dispute between the two states, other issues of Maharashtra are also likely to be discussed in this meet.

On the other hand, there is news of a vigorous demonstration outside Maharashtra Bank in Bengaluru regarding the border dispute. Reportedly, members of the Namma Karnataka Sena staged a vigorous protest against the Maharashtra government outside the bank located in Gandhinagar. Bengaluru police has also detained several of them.

Last week the border dispute between Karnataka and Maharashtra had taken a violent turn. Following a protest in Belagavi by an organization called Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, trucks with Maharashtra number plates were stopped, vandalised and black ink was applied on them. Several trucks were also pelted with stones.

Reportedly, Belgaum city is at the center of this dispute. Maharashtra has consistently claimed that this Marathi-majority region was wrongfully given to Kannada-majority Karnataka in the language-based reorganization of states in the 1960s. Karnataka has recently resumed its claim on some villages in Maharashtra, triggering a fresh round of acrimony, despite the fact that BJP is the only party in power in both these states.

Several political leaders of Maharashtra are asking for Centre’s intervention now. NCP chief Sharad Pawar even said that if Karnataka CM, Basavaraj Bommai is going to make provocative statements, then the Centre should intervene. He also requested Maharastra MPs to take a delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, since the winter session of the Parliament is beginning tomorrow.

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Gujarat Elections 2022: Bhupendra Patel to take oath as CM on December 12, Congress breaks silence on getting confined to North Gujarat, AAP gains national party tag

Bhupendra Patel will continue as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. PM Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah will attend Patel’s swearing-in ceremony.

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Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel is all set to take oath and begin his second term. Reportedly, BJP is planning to organize a grand swearing-in ceremony at the Gandhinagar assembly helipad ground on December 12. State BJP president C R Paatil said the ceremony will begin at 2pm.

He even revealed that Bhupendra Patel will continue as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. It is being told that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah and several top BJP leaders will attend Bhupendra Patel’s swearing-in ceremony.

Congress on getting confined to North Gujarat

On the other hand, Congress has broken silence on their crushing defeat in Gujarat. Congress leader are trying to at lest stay positive on Twitter and on camera, as they said that the grand old party is busy celebrating their win in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat loss will be seen as a lesson. Moreover, Congress is also likely to lose the post of the Leader of Opposition in the state.

Rahul Gandhi’s Congress barely managed to win 17 seats in Gujarat. This is severely down from its tally of 77 in the 2017 elections. This is also the worst performance of the Congress in Gujarat. Experts are blaming Congress’s silent, localised door-to-door campaign for a near evaporation of the party. 

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AAP gains national party tag

However, at least Congress was able to win seats in North Gujarat and win Himachal Election but despite several campaigns the election results have come as a disappointment to the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. AAP could not draw enough voters and had to settle for 5 seats in its debut elections in Gujarat and worst to their fears the party drew a blank in Himchal Pradesh.  

But Contrary to how things may appear, AAP has a lot to look forward. Yes! the party may have only won MCD elections but did manage to leave an impression despite its single-digit tally in the state. Winning 5 seats, Aam Aadmi Party has dared to breach the fortress of PM Modi and Amit Shah in Gujarat.

With its government in two states and one Corporation under its fold, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. now ranks third after the BJP and Congress, leaving behind all other regional parties.

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