Pehlu Khan was targeted because he was a Muslim: Ex-CIC

New Delhi: Former Chief Information

Commissioner (CIC) Wajahat Habibullah today highlighted the

rise of "religious radicalism" in the country and said dairy

farmer Pehlu Khan, who was killed by cow vigilantes in

Rajasthan, was targeted because he was a Muslim.

Speaking at a symposium on 'Religious Persecution of

Baha'is in Iran and Belief in the Interfaith Co-existence',

Habibullah said that by allowing atrocities on Baha'is,

leaders in Iran are giving Islam a bad name.

"We now have this rise of religious radicalism. Iran

itself fighting against the rise of ISIS.

"In our own country we have this instance of Pehlu

Khan...simply because he was a Muslim. This is the time for

all of those who are right thinking and religious minded for

standing together," Habibullah said.

The former CIC was referring to 55-year-old Pehlu Khan

who was waylaid by a mob in Alwar on April 1 when he was

transporting cows for his small dairy farm. He was beaten up

mercilessly by cow vigilantes and died of his wounds two days


The symposium is conducted every year to create awareness

over the arrest of seven Bahai leaders -- Fariba Kamalabadi,

Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz

Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm �Mahvash Sabet -- by Iran.

Former Chief Election Commissioner GVG Krishnamurthy also

attended the event.