The acquittal of the accused in the mob lynching case of Pehlu Khan shows that what was experimented during and after Gujarat pogrom, is now extended to country level. Then police was asked by the state government led by Modi not to interfere while the RSS goons killed, raped, looted, and burnt the minority for days. RSS acted like the marauders of the middle-ages, or the criminals organized by Adi Sankara’s brahmanical hordes who ravaged Budhist monasteries and massacred Lokayats in the 8th century to re-impose hegemony of the Manuvadi system. Then if the kings defended the murderers, now the BJP governments, the political fronts of RSS coming to power utilizing the corrupt and elitist electoral system, are using the increasingly saffronized savarna-brahmanical state machinery to exonerate the killers. All cases against Modi and Shah, and against the RSS goons accused in the pogrom were rejected for want of evidence! Now after Yogi coming to power in UP all cases of Musaffarnagar riots are getting rejected for want of evidence! The criminal BJP MLA of UP involved in dozens of cases is going to be exonerated. So there is no surprise if a local court in Alwar in Rajasthan on the eve of independence day acquitted six out of the nine accused in 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case, citing lack of evidence. Three other accused are minors and proceedings against them are pending in the Juvenile Justice Board. Khan and his companions – including his sons – were attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar on the National Highway in front of hundreds of people for transporting cattle on April 1, 2017. Khan died two days later, with the incident resulting in nationwide outrage. Though there were two vivid videos clearly showing the killing and the accused, the statement of Khan before dying and many eye-witnesses, the police, the doctors who did postmortem and the prosecution joined hands with the advocates of the accused to destroy all evidences and manipulated the trials with the Manuvadi judge colluding! Though in the elections to Rajasthan assembly eight months ago Congress defeated BJP and came to power, it did not do anything to change the prosecution or to order new investigation. In effect Congress, which is under so much soft-Hindutva influence, in spite of its election time promise to do justice to Pehlu Khan, stood paralyzed refusing to act!
So the Manuvadi judge could easily acquit all accused! And, before the stunt sons and relatives of Pehlu Khan, hundreds of RSS goons who were present in the court celebrated it shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jay! They are creating a new Bharat Mata of Hindu Rashtra, of majoritarian Hindutva! After what is happening in Kashmir, the acquittal of the accused in Pehlu Khan’s case shows how fast the neo-fascist offensive is intensifying menacingly. With the Congress government refusing to stand for justice, the line of demarcation is becoming very clear in the coming struggle against these marauders of Hindurashtra!
K N Ramachandran
CPI (ML) Redstar