Faridabad lynching: ‘Full of laughter, 15-year-old Junaid wanted to be imam one day’

A fatal ride on a Mathura-bound train on Thursday evening extinguished 15-year-old Junaid's dreams. What remains is a heartbroken family, struggling to come to terms with his death while running from pillar to post to seek justice.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Khandawli | Updated: June 25, 2017 5:36 pm
15 yr old killed train, faridabad lynching, indian express 15-year-old Junaid

Fifteen-year-old Junaid dreamt of becoming the Imam at Jama Masjid, enjoyed playing Ludo on the phone, had a voice that drew people to him and was adored by all his seven siblings – six brothers and one sister. A fatal ride on a Mathura-bound train on Thursday evening, however, extinguished his dreams. What remains is a heartbroken family, struggling to come to terms with his death while running from pillar to post to seek justice.

Born in Khandawli, Junaid is remembered as a “man of books”, “full of laughter and fun”. Sixth of eight siblings, Junaid was the son of Jalaluddin, a taxi driver, but had big dreams for himself.

On Saturday morning, Junaid’s mother, Saira, lay on a bed in a room at the family’s modest home, surrounded by women of the village — all attempting to comfort her as she periodically burst into uncontrollable sobs. “You are a good mother, a sensible mother… God will not let injustice be done … insaaf ho kar rahega”, they said.

According to residents of Khandawli, where Junaid was born and brought up, Saira and Jalaluddin ensured that their children got the best Urdu education they could afford.

Like all his siblings before him, Junaid was sent to a madrasa in Mewat at the age of eight, where he attained his education and learned the ways of his faith. He would return only twice a year, spending about two months with his family annually.

murder weapon search, faridabad lynching, indian express At Asaoti railway station, investigators look for the knife with which Junaid was stabbed. Gajendra Yadav

“He was hardly here, but he did not mind because he was very passionate about Islam. He told me ‘Ammi, I will become an Imam at Jama Masjid’, and I reassured him that God would listen to his wishes. How would I know that this would happen?” said his mother.

Junaid’s father, meanwhile, said, “When he would return home, he would go to people’s houses and read the Quran to them. Imagine what a bright future he would have had.”

The last time the couple saw their sixth-born was on Wednesday, when he left home to go to the Masjid. He headed for Delhi straight from the Masjid. “I gave them Rs 1,500 to buy clothes etc for Eid. I was excited to see what they would get. I kept waiting, but all I received was a phone call that informed me that I had lost one son, and could lose two others,” said Saira.

Two days on, his family continues to mourn amid distractions — with one brother admitted at AIIMS, and his father and other siblings being called to the police station every few hours to give statements and complete formalities. Meanwhile, in one of the dingy rooms of the family’s home, Junaid’s copy of the Quran — his “most prized possession” — lies in a corner, never to be read again.

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    Hariprasad
    Jun 26, 2017 at 7:05 am
    Heart breaking news. This shouldn't have happened to anyone. Indian railways must give highest priority to safety and security of the passengers. Hope lessons will be learned at least now. Humanity is the greatest religion. Any religions or a person without humanity is nothing but a animal and does not belong to any religions. Can't imagine the pain of those boys. The perpetrators must be brought to justice.
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      Pankaj Verma
      Jun 26, 2017 at 7:05 am
      Oho to 6 sons and 1 daughter tha agar kuchh population kam ho gaya to kya dikat ho raha h kerla me utna Hindu ko Mara jata h kabhi vaha ka news nahi dikhate ho
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        Hariprasad
        Jun 26, 2017 at 7:08 am
        Think like a good human before you post such comments.
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        K anees
        Jun 25, 2017 at 4:33 pm
        No person died on the Religious atrocities in Kerala , Poor Religious extreme north people' spreading this falls and lies on Kerala Kerala on of the world's best place with Harmony love and care To know about the truth you people enquire with north students studying in Kerala , Many north students(especially north-east) studying in different colleges of kerala
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          K anees
          Jun 25, 2017 at 4:28 pm
          No person died on the Religious atrocities in Kerala , Poor Religious extreme north people' spreading this falls and lies Kerala on of the world's best place with Harmony love and care
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            Nitin Tomar
            Jun 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm
            BC indian Express, where your writer go when Hindu are butured by Muslim pigs in Kerala. banane ke adda khul liya he Indian express aur inke writero ne secularist newspaper ke naan per
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              K anees
              Jun 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm
              You stupid guys telling lies about Kerala , we keralite's do not allow anyone of religious ,communal beggers to play drama on KERALA , Kerala on of the world's best place with Harmony love , No Religious atrocities here , No separation on the Religious basis You North Indian people with religious extremism are dying with religion
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            2. काका राका
              Jun 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm
              Wanted to be imam, what kind of dream is that? i have heard, want to become scientist for my country like kalam, want to join army, to become doctor. Become imam and useless for the country
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                k .shah
                Jul 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm
                hahah like they care about india ,al they want is ghazwa e hind
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                Indian Skeptic
                Jun 25, 2017 at 10:52 am
                The law and order situation in the Hindi states is so bad. Its scary to travel there. I condemn this. When will the Hindi states have better security and when will people there come out of this culture of boarding trains without tickets? These thugs need to be put away in jail for life. This sort of lynching on trains is very common in Hindi states. om thugs board the train and they demand passengers to vacate seats. It happened twice to my father. Once my g father refused to get up, they beat him up. This was in Bihar. The other time my father was travelling with my g father.She had cancer. So my father had to literally plead with the thugs to let her remain in her seat.
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