Will govt now compensate The Magnificent Six? The nation needs to know
SEPTEMBER 14 will be written in golden letters in the history of Indian police's investigation skills, its probity, its ability to stand up for truth in the face of massive pressure, and its commitment to ensure that not a single innocent person suffers even for five minutes, notwithstanding evidence such as the dying statement of a 55-year-old man killed in broad daylight on a busy national highway with hundreds of witnesses around.
The six people named by Pehlu Khan did not need a Hail Mary pass. They got the very first pass, at the SHO level itself, and now they have passed the test of truth.
It is not for nothing that you see that familiar slogan painted outside all police stations — Police Hamesha Aap Ki Sewa Mein Hai. On Thursday, September 14, it was found in the sewa of six innocent men, named by Pehlu Khan.
On Thursday, September 14, the police proved true to its slogan, making large sections of India not only happy but reassured. The cows were also happy, though the first hand view of the bovines about police functioning could not be accessed.
Completely trashing the popular narrative that the police takes years before letting people unduly accused off the hook, and that repeated questionings, interrogations and remands almost become a punishment before someone is allowed to walk free, the Rajasthan Police has set a great example in exemplary conduct.
On September 14, 2017, the police proved true the slogan – Police Aap Ki Sewa Mein. India was once again reassured. The cows were also happy, though the first hand view of the bovines about police functioning could not be accessed.
Six people were named by Pehlu Khan among those who assaulted him and beat him brutally on April 1, 2017. Two days later, Pehlu Khan had died.
So, the police wanted the six men for murder.
It wanted them for unlawful assembly (Sections 143 of IPC).
It wanted them for voluntarily causing hurt (Section 323 of IPC).
It also wanted them for wrongful restraint (Section 341 of IPC).
It also wanted them for culpable homicide (Section 308 of IPC).
It really looked forward to questioning them for the charge of theft (Section 379 of IPC).
It simply could not afford not to grill them for destruction of property (Section 427 of IPC).
Of course, the six were also accused of murder.
As most Indians are now well aware, even daylight lynchings of Muslims, killed by an inspired collective mob with bare hands or beaten to death with sticks and other blunt or sharp instruments at hand, are covered by Section 302 of IPC. (Should there be a debate on such wide ranging application of this section of IPC?)
Police investigations got off to a flying start from day one. Since the entire country was focussed on this case, the police could not afford to allow any loophole.
Top editors, reporters, media houses, politicians, even foreign countries were tracking the case. So, letting any innocent person suffer would have really, really tarnished the reputation of the police.
In fact, the Rajasthan police displayed a high degree of alacrity when, just a few days after Pehlu Khan was brutally assaulted on April 1 this year, it announced a highly enticing award of a whopping Rs 5,000 (almost $78) for anybody providing information about the six suspects identified. Khan had succumbed to his injuries on April 3.
After burning midnight oil, toiling through daylight hours, using immense investigative skills, and displaying an ability to stand up for what it decided was the truth, the Rajasthan Police put together a watertight case: If you are not in the video, you are innocent.
However, it seemed that it is difficult to entice people to embroil such six innocent men even in the face of tempting wads of currency notes – presumably two pink notes of Rs 2,000 each, and two crisp Rs 500 notes - Untouched by the dirt of any previous regime or Rajan, issued fresh by Urjit Patel's RBI under the guidance of Pardhan Sewak creating a Swachh Bharat.
A Bharat in which no one can indulge in sinister acts such as taking cows from place A to place B without explaining motives to a group of concerned citizens called gau rakshaks.
Undeterred by the lack of response to its reward offer, the Rajasthan Police kept working on the case.
For five months, it did not question the six men.
For five months, none of the six men even came forward to be questioned.
The Rajasthan Police declared them absconders, but firm in its dictum that every person is considered innocent till proven guilty, and hauling someone to a police station can amount to violation of fundamental rights, it did not create any unnecessary trouble for these six men.
After five months of burning midnight oil, toiling through daylight hours, using its immense investigative skills, delving into its past experience of busting even the most complex crimes, and displaying its ability to stand up for whatever it believes to be the truth even in the face of massive hints to the contrary, the Rajasthan Police put together a watertight case.
On Thursday, September 14, 2017, it explained in terms that will be enough to convince not just any Sherlock Holmes – William Gillette (1916); Hans Albers (1937); Robert Stephens (1970); Christopher Plummer (1977); Ian Richardson (1983); Jeremy Brett (1984), Robert Downey, Jr. (2009); Benedict Cumberbatch (2010-2017) – but also a man called Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, that the six have been found not guilty mainly because of three reasons.
It will be a shame if Arun Jaitley does not congratulate and honour Alwar SP Rahul Prakash for such a conscientious approach towards monetary matters.
"First, they are not seen anywhere in the video recordings. Second, their location, as per their mobile phones, was found not to be on the spot. Third, the witnesses said that these six were at Dehmi gaushala, and not on the spot [of assault],” Alwar SP Rahul Prakash has said.
We can now name the six men, who went through such trauma for no fault of theirs, except that a man gave out their names a few hours before dying.
These honourable citizens of Mother India are Om Yadav, Hukum Chand, Navin Sharma, Sudheer, Rahul Saini and Jagmal.
The police declared them absconders, clearly under pressure of anti-nationals, but never carried out raids to catch them, did not publish their pictures in newspapers, never nabbed them, did not record their statements. The good cops of Rajasthan did not even see them.
Careful about the country's national wealth and meagre police resources, and in full deference to the determination of the regime not to waste public money, the Rajasthan Police has acted promptly and withdrawn the reward of Rs 5,000 that was announced for each of the six men.
It will be utter shame if Rajnath Singh does not honour Alwar SP Rahul Prakash just as the army had honoured Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles.
It will be a shame if Arun Jaitley does not personally congratulate and reward Alwar SP Rahul Prakash for such a conscientious approach towards monetary matters.
Also, it will be utter shame if Rajnath Singh does not honour Alwar SP Rahul Prakash just as the army had honoured Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles who had trussed up a man on the bonnet of a jeep in the Kashmir valley to save precious lives of deshbhakt Indians.
Police has said that while a man’s dying declaration is a very important part of investigation, it also had to look at other facts.
Here are some facts that the Rajasthan Police could not have ignored:
BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja had said he had no regrets over the death of Pehlu Khan.
Cow protector Sadhvi Kamal Didi, president of the Rasthriya Mahila Gau Rakshak Dal and a strong supporter of a particular political party, met Vipin Yadav, arrested in the Pehlu Khan murder case, and told him that the entire country was with him. "If we will not do such things in our country then who else will? You need not worry about anything," she said. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gXXWXJmAUo)
The Sadhvi equated the Alwar lynching case accused with Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Chandra Shekhar Azad and Shaheed Sukhdev.
She was the only one who went on to enquire about the health of the murder accused and asked, "Are you getting proper meals and are you well?...You must teach everyone in jail to say ‘jai gau mata’."
Now, the Rajasthan Police, working under the able BJP leadership of Vasundhra Raje and under the guidance of Pardhan Sewak Narendra Modi, has proven Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi right. After all, Parliament is the temple of democracy and how can something said in such a pious place be allowed to be proven untrue.
On September 15, the six absconders returned home. One hopes that the Rajasthan government will compensate them financially for the hardships they were made to go through. It must match the efforts of the Uttar Pradesh government that had compensated the family of killer of Mohd Akhlaq with Rs 10 lakh relief, besides draping the killer’s body in a tricolor.
On September 15, some people tried to besmirch the historical achievements of the BJP government and the Rajasthan Police with irresponsible actions like placing flowers at the spot where Pehlu Khan died. The move was led by Harsh Mander, the self-styled champion of doomed causes like spreading love and harmony, which threaten the security of this nation.
People like Harsh Mander should understand how much his actions would have hurt the six men now proven innocent.
Any deshbhakt would have followed the orders of the police, but some people have no respect for the law enforcing authorities.
People like Harsh Mander should understand how much it would have hurt the six men.
Now, confirmed anti-national like Kavita Srivastava, Nikhil Dey, Nisha Sidhu and Rashid Hussain have written an open letter to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and lodged their protest on the clean chit to the innocent six. These people should be jailed immediately.
Pehlu Khan’s son now asks: If men in video didn’t kill my father, who did? He now wants the case shifted outside Rajasthan. Arrey bhai, outside Rajasthan is also India. Somebody tell him what 282 means!
Where are the sikularists now? Where are the #NotInMyName fools now? They should come out with candles at the India Fate and apologise to these six sons of Mother India. Will they do so now?
The nation wants an answer. The Republic needs to be saved. It is Times Now or never. India News should be a positive story. Only then will we become a superpower from A to Zee.
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