Justice for Pahlu Khan: Civil groups plan demonstration at Rajasthan Assembly
Through the protest demonstration, the Rajasthan civil groups will demand closure of all FIRs lodged against Pahlu Khan, his family members and his fellow travelers and compensation to Pahlu Khan' family and other victims
Raheem Khan, IndiaTomorrow.net,
Jaipur, April 20: In order to pressurize the Rajasthan BJP government for speedy justice in the Pahlu Khan lynching case, various civil rights groups and political parties have planned to stage demonstration for three consecutive days outside the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly here next week.
At their joint meeting on Thursday, they made a national call for the protest demonstration here from 24-26 April.
On 1st April, a gang of self-styled cow vigilantes (Gau Rakshaks) attacked Haryana's dairy farmer Pehlu Khan and four other Muslim dairy farmers in Alwar district of the state when they were returning after purchasing some cows and calves from a government-run fair in Jaipur. They were brutally beaten up by the mob. They had valid papers from the Municipal authorities of Jaipur. But the attackers didn't heed. Pahlu Khan, 50, succumbed to injuries in hospital. Azmat, another victim, who got serious injuries in his backbone is not able to walk. He is under treatment now.
Through the protest demonstration, the Rajasthan civil groups will demand closure of all FIRs lodged against Pahlu Khan, his family members and his fellow travelers and compensation to Pahlu Khan' family and other victims.
They will also demand resignation of Rajasthan's home minister Gulab Chand Kataria for allegedly supporting the Gau Rakshaks involved in the case.
Among the main organizers of the protest are Rajasthan Nagrik Manch, PUCL (People's union for Civil Liberties), MKSS (Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan), Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Adhikar Manch, Ambedkar Vichar Manch, NFIW (National Federation of Indian Women), CPI(M), CPI, Samajwadi Party and JD(U).