JAIPUR: A political fight broke out on Saturday after a dairy farmer, who was beaten to death in April 2017 by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan, was named in a chargesheet along with his sons, drawing attention to the legal treatment of victims of mob killings and cow vigilantism in the country. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot defended his government, saying the victim was not indicted.
Pehlu Khan and his two sons, who were transporting cows that they had bought at a cattle fair in state capital Jaipur to their home in Haryana when they were attacked by a mob, were accused of transporting the animals without permission.
"The case was investigated in the past, under the BJP government, and chargesheet was filed. If any discrepancies are found in the investigation, the case will be re-investigated," Ashok Gehlot said, squarely blaming the previous administration.