Muslim man in Palwal lynched by Friends

22 years old Rahul Khan, resident of Rasoolpur Village was lynched in Palwal district of Haryana on 15th December. As reported by Hindustan Times, Khan, a resident of Rasoolpur, nearly 16 kilometres from the Palwal city, worked as a daily wage labourer, his family members said. His wife, Saina, said Khan went to attend a wedding function with three of his friends on December 14. “Kalua called us around 6pm that Rahul has met with an accident near Nangal Road canal. An unidentified vehicle hit him, and fled. He said they were taking him to a hospital and asked us to reach there,” she said. Saina said, before breathing his last in the hospital on December 15, Khan told her that five people, including Kalua, beat him with rods. She said they believed Kalua registered a case of accident to hide the crime. “On December 15, we received a video , in which Rahul can be seen pleading and being beaten mercilessly. The suspects were threatening him, and saying ‘Hum Hindu Hain Hindu, Tu Mulla Hai Mulla’ (We are Hindus, and you are a Muslim), she alleged. According to Indian Express, A video clip purportedly shows the accused hitting the victim repeatedly on his face with what appears to be a stick and saying that he is a Muslim while they are Hindus. The 31-second clip purportedly shows the victim, with blood on his face and clothes, collapse after repeated blows, prompting one of the accused to say, “He has died.” Additionally, Indian Express reports "Akram, The victim’s brother-in-law, said that on the morning of December 15, they received the viral video and filed a complaint of murder. “Some photos and videos had also been put up on Facebook and Instagram. He was beaten with an axe-like object and rods… They kidnapped him and gave him intoxicants… We learnt that his friends had been asking him for a treat and he had refused… There was animosity related to it… In the video, they can be seen saying ‘you’re a Muslim’… Police should investigate if there is a communal angle and if he was targeted because of this. We want justice,” he alleged. Ram Chandar Jakhar, station house officer (SHO) of Chand Hut police station in Palwal, said on December 15, they received information that a man, Rahul Khan, has died in accident. “We registered a case under sections 279 (rash driving), and 304A (causing death by negligence) of Indian Penal Code. But, the post-mortem report revealed assault injuries, and the victim’s family approached us with a purported video of the incident. Following this, we converted it into a murder case, and started conducting raids to arrest suspects,” he said. SHO Jakhar said they were yet to confirm it was a communal angle to the crime. “We are investigating the case and the mobile phone has also been seized. We will sent it to the (forensic) lab. If it was a hate crime, we will add charges under the relevant sections of the law,” he said.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Highway
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Highway Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Unknown Details of the FIR

Ram Chandar Jakhar, station house officer (SHO) of Chand Hut police station in Palwal, said on December 15,“We registered a case under sections 279(rash driving), and 304A(causing death by negligence) of Indian Penal Code.

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Role of police Need confirmation Current status :Station house officer (SHO) of Chand Hut police station said they have also recovered the mobile phone on which the purported video was shot. Police have arrested the three men — Aakash alias Diljale, Vishal and Kalua — and say they have confessed to kill
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judgement Reference other information Razia, the sister of victim, alleged that her father retired from Indian Railways in April this year. She alleged that the suspects were pressuring Khan to give money to them from the retirement funds of his father.
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Date of incident: December 15, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Murder/Lynch
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Number of people Killed 1
    Name of the victim : Rahul Khan
    Name of Perpetrator Aakash alias Diljale, Vishal and Kalua
    State Haryana
    District/City Palwal
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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