Jaipur (Rajasthan): Pehlu Khan's sons Irshad and Arif who along with other witnesses were traveling to Alwar court in a car Saturday morning when they were fired at by unknown men. They escaped unhurt, multiple media reports said.
Pehlu Khan, 55-year-old cattle trader was lynched by cow vigilantes in April 2017 in Alwar district of Rajasthan. His sones Irshad and Arif with other witnesses in the case Azmat and Rafiq were on their war to Behror to depose before the Additional District Judge's court when they were shot at by unknown men.
Their lawyer Asad Hayat was also in the same vehicle when it was attacked.
"I was in the car with witnesses Azmat and Rafiq and Pehlu’s sons Irshad and Arif, along with driver Amjad. We were going to Behror to depose Pehlu’s lynching but when we crossed Neemrana, a black Scorpio without a number plate tried to overtake us and make us stop", Hayat said while talking to The Indian Express.
"The vehicle came near and the men inside waved their hands, asking us to stop. We might have even stopped, but we didn’t as their vehicle did not have a number plate. Then their vehicle came nearer and the men started hurling abuses at us, telling us to stop at once. Then they overtook us and fired upon us", Irshad, one of Pehul Khan's sons, said.
Rafiq, who is Pehlu’s cousin, has asked the SP to move the hearing from Behror court to any other court in Alwar. Pehlu’s son Irshad said if such incidents happen, it will not be possible for them to appear in the Behror court, according to Hindustan Times.
Lawyer Hayat also concurred, saying, “How can we depose in such circumstances? The case should be transferred from Behror to Alwar.”
While talking to National Herald, Alwar SP Rajinder Singh said, “Pehlu Khan’s sons and Azmat have filed an FIR against unknown persons. We are investigating the case and we can’t comment on it now.”
Irshad and Arif were with their father Pehlu Khan on April 1, 2017, when they, Azmat and Rafiq were attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar while they were on their way to Haryana after purchasing cattle in Rajasthan.
Following Khan’s lynching on April 1, police had registered two cases—one against Khan’s assailants for murder and another against Khan and his companions for ‘indulging in cow smuggling’.
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