A video grab from footage of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan being attacked in Rajasthan in April. Image: Nagpur Today

Rajasthan police have cleared six men named by Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer who died after an attack by alleged cow vigilantes in Rajasthan in April, according to media reports.

NDTV reported that the state’s Criminal Investigation Department found no evidence against the six men, and their names have been removed from the First Information Report.

The report said, “The statements of witnesses in the case, including policemen and the employees of the Rath Gaushala, indicate that none of the accused was present at the time of the attack. Call record details of the six people along with Base Transceiver Station location of mobiles further support this. Based on the findings of the investigating officer, it is hereby recommended that the names of the six accused be removed from the case as they have been found not guilty.”

In April, 55-year-old Khan was lynched by cow vigilantes near Alwar, although he had the necessary permit to transport cows for his dairy business. A video of the attack, which showed him being yanked by the neck, thrown to the ground and kicked, evoked widespread outrage. While in hospital, Khan named the six men in his statement to police.