On Mathura-bound train, 15-year-old killed, brother says were called beef eaters

The FIR mentions that the two groups fought over seats. “They noticed we are Muslims because of our clothing and began taunting us. It would go on for a bit, then stop, then start again,” said Shaqir. “First they slapped us, then abused us, and then between Ballabhgarh and Asaoti stations, they stabbed us.”

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2017 9:51 am
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When 15-year-old Junaid Khan left home in Ballabhgarh on Thursday morning, he thought he’ll return with a new set of kurta-pyjama, a pair of shoes and some khushboo. Little did he know that the journey to Delhi, for Eid shopping, would cost him his life.

On his way home in a Mathura-bound train, with his elder brother Hashim and two friends, Junaid was stabbed to death, allegedly by “a group of 10-12 men between 7-8 pm”. His brothers Hashim and Shaqir, who boarded the train later, also sustained stab wounds.

Speaking to The Indian Express, 23-year-old Shaqir, admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre in Delhi, alleged that the accused started taunting Junaid and the others over their clothing, and also made references to “beef eating”.

“They flung our skull caps, pulled my brother’s beard, slapped us, and taunted us about eating cow meat. Beef is not even cooked in our village. Once we reached Ballabhgarh, they took out knives. They were older than us — probably in their 30s — so we couldn’t do anything,” recalled Shaqir, tears rolling down his cheeks. He said the men started stabbing Junaid, Hashim and him.

Shaqir, who works as a driver, suffered five stab wounds, including one on his chest. While the family, including Hashim, is in Ballabhgarh, his elder brother Ismail is in the hospital with him.

“Hashim told me the men threw them off the train at Asaoti station. Some people there called an ambulance and they were then taken to a hospital in Palwal,” said Ismail.

The FIR mentions that the two groups fought over seats. “They noticed we are Muslims because of our clothing and began taunting us. It would go on for a bit, then stop, then start again,” said Shaqir. “First they slapped us, then abused us, and then between Ballabhgarh and Asaoti stations, they stabbed us.”

Shaqir’s last memory of Junaid is of him being stabbed. Soon after, he said, the mob moved to the other two brothers.

“He used to study Urdu at the madrasa in our village, and just a day earlier, he read the Quran at home. He was a healthy kid but he never fought with anyone. I told the mob that these are children… and that if we don’t say anything about their religion, they shouldn’t say anything about ours.”

A case has been registered at Government Railway Police station, Faridabad, under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 302 (murder), and 34 (common intention). One arrest has been made so far, Superintendent of Police Kamaldeep Goyal said.

The FIR, filed by Hashim, states that the accused picked an argument over seats before becoming violent.

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  1. T
    Jun 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    Don't push india into chaos any further in the name of grabbing and retaining power
    1. S
      Sameer Das
      Jun 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm
      If such incidents keep on occurring frequently, after some years, India would see the same fate, what happened to Yugoslavia after the demise of Marshall o. This would lead be further communal polarization. Soon the wronged community will start building up unity and a civil war would be imminent within our country. It is because, endurance has a break even point. This Fascist party BJP, who are supporting these radical elements, will be fully responsible for the same consequence.
      1. J
        Jun 27, 2017 at 12:25 am
        OMG! What A Fake Article. First of all Junaid's age was 20 yrs. Second, This wasn't sudden clash or fight about seat or beef. My Friend From Office knew this guy personally, as he lives in there area. Both Parties knew each other and had previous grudge, just few days back they had a clash both parties threatened each other. It was gang war, why media portraying it has communal fights. It has become fashion in India to term every attack on Muslim as communal rifts. Stop spreading hatred among Indians, everyone is equal here. Please don't spread rumors if you don't know the truth.
        1. B
          Jun 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm
          Endhoke aayalum ini oru sahodaranu ee avastha vararuthu vannal pinna ivide oruthannum Baakhi kaanilla
          1. M
            Jun 25, 2017 at 11:44 pm
            Muslims are treated like slaves by this bigoted government The 's who attempt the assassination must be killed by hanging on the road But this government won't It says it's the only country with communal harmony Throw out their slogans Bloody Bjp if he really wants communal harmony he should punish the 's But he won't his ministers itself inspiring riots against others religions Then how we can believe this party would support communal Harmony No never its fake thing we believe good about these smugglers They are just here to dig indian wealth in the name of corporates like patanjali etc Shame on government Fighting for animals Giving protection for 5 sense animal But ingra ude with the people who elected you Who are humans It shows animals are ruling india and they supposed to prevent, protect animals Not humans Because animal cares only animals If this govt members are humans they will care humans also It shows india is under animals U hav no rights to say jai hind
            1. L
              Laurent Goldstein
              Jun 25, 2017 at 2:50 pm
              This is a real outrage...and it is happening too often but the worst is that everyone seems to let it go which means that RSS/BJP hate agenda is working well and has a great future ahead. In most of other countries people would be demonstrating in the streets... Open history books, it starts with one community and soon all others till everyone is scared to go outside...anyway it is obvious that those who committed such crime, those who witnessed but didn't do anything in that bound train (!!!) and the majority of people who don't give a to such news and remain silent have never opened any history book in their lives...!!!
              1. M
                Mujahid Inamdar
                Jun 25, 2017 at 11:31 am
                Oh God please give some BUDDHI to these so called BHAKTS.
                1. M
                  Mujahid Inamdar
                  Jun 25, 2017 at 11:26 am
                  3 innocent citizens returning from festive shopping were hackled attacked by a murderous Sanghi mob of 8 accused wrongly of carrying beef. These thugs stabbed killed one young man grievously injured 2 of his minor brothers the sordid hole of a PM has nothing to say about this as he traipses to the White House on another junket. His goons are terrorizing Innocents in orchestrated attacks lynch mobs all over India action must be taken.The blood of Innocents is scarring the soul of India..... this regime is responsible for the death of its own citizens due to its rabid hate mongering. #Shame Condemning is not enough. What is the Opposition doing to make this Govt accountable for the crimes against innocent citizens. The opposition needs to pull up its socks demand accountability for instigated violence.
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