Faridabad lynching: Bloodstained clothes found, no leads on main accused, say police

Police claimed that the four confessed to being present in the coach in which Junaid was killed. They also admitted to being a part of the mob that allegedly hurled communal slurs at him and his brothers, and manhandled them.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Published:July 3, 2017 2:21 am
faridabad lynching, train lynching, beef lynching, delhi news Junaid’s father, Jalaluddin. Prem Nath Pandey

Days after the arrest of four men in connection with the murder of 15-year-old Junaid Khan on board a Mathura-bound train, the Haryana Railway Police have retrieved bloodstained clothing which they believe can serve as strong evidence against the men. Police, however, added that the four have been unable to provide any credible leads on the main accused. “We had taken the men into police custody for two days to seize some bloodstained clothing…. We have been successful in doing this…We have in our custody two shirts and a saafa belonging to the accused. This will be sent for DNA testing. If the blood belongs to Junaid, it will serve as hard evidence against the men,” said Mohinder Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

He, however, refused to disclose where the testing would take place and when the report can be expected. The men — Rameshwar Sharma, an MCD worker, Pradeep Kumar, who was preparing for the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) examinations, Chandraprakash Sharma, who worked in the accounts department of a Ballabhgarh factory, and Gaurav Kumar, another factory worker — all belong to Khambi village in Palwal. They were arrested late Tuesday night.

Police claimed that the four confessed to being present in the coach in which Junaid was killed. They also admitted to being a part of the mob that allegedly hurled communal slurs at him and his brothers, and manhandled them. The men were produced in a Faridabad court on Thursday, from where they were sent to police remand for two days. On Saturday afternoon, they were produced in court once more, and sent to judicial custody. They are now lodged in Neemka jail, Faridabad, where the fifth accused in the case — Ramesh Kumar (35) — is being held since Tuesday.

On tracing the main accused in the case, DSP Singh said, “The four accused were not able to provide us with any information that could lead us to the main accused. But we are conducting our investigations and expect to arrest him soon as well.” Elaborating on this, he said police personnel are scouring CCTV footage from relevant areas to ascertain if these can provide them with any hint of the accused and his whereabouts.

The footage being considered includes one procured from a camera installed at a community centre near Asaoti railway station last week, which shows three men boarding a bike and fleeing the spot soon after the train came to a halt, police said.

However, Hashim, Junaid’s brother — who was also present during the incident — had failed to confirm that the men were a part of the mob. “Hashim may have been unsure about the men, but we are conducting our own investigation. We expect to get some leads soon,” Singh said.

The incident took place on the evening of June 22 while Junaid and three others were on their way home to Ballabhgarh after Eid shopping in Delhi’s Sadar Bazaar. An argument that began over seats escalated and the boys were subjected to communal taunts, even called beef-eaters. Junaid and his brothers were later stabbed. Junaid succumbed to his injuries the same evening.

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    Mohan
    Jul 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm
    Main accused caught and IE you still repeat this story !
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      Raj
      Jul 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm
      What happened to investigation of Pandith's lynching in Kashmir?
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        Akhillur Rehman
        Jul 3, 2017 at 10:18 pm
        they are waiting for u to come investigate
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          Mohan
          Jul 8, 2017 at 9:37 pm
          Don't worry article 370 will soon be scrapped and all asses pretending to be horses will be shown their true place
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        Mano
        Jul 3, 2017 at 12:22 pm
        Wonder why so few witnesses have come forward to speak. why is it so selective. The media is already involved in judging this as a communal case. This is a shame that there are hardly witnesses who have come forwarded to speak of the violence in the crowded train in which junaid became the victim. It's amazing that the media has managed to keep it as a headline material with so few lines from people. Govt will loose steam in ivestigation for such as big media item but with so few witnesses and their narration. India is a country with great compassion for protecting youths regardless of religion. If there is any truth in the media's narrative, i am sure the people would have come forward to speak in support for the youth. The media is playing dirty to report on lynching without basis and with a predetermined agenda.
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          Raj
          Jul 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm
          The media is trying aggressively to divert public's attention from Pandith's lynching in Kashmir. All of a sudden muslims went from perpetrators to victims thansk to this story.
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          chitta
          Jul 3, 2017 at 9:58 am
          Muslim are silent because they love India otherwise they can show what is real power . Hindus should live with Muslims peacefully instead of creating communal violence.
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            Raj
            Jul 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm
            USA is banning muslims from entering the country. Congrats on your "real power". All over the world people are putting up signs that muslims are unwelcome. Enjoy your "real power".
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              Mohan
              Jul 8, 2017 at 9:40 pm
              Like they are showing in the middle-east
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              Sandhu
              Jul 3, 2017 at 9:43 am
              Terrorists in power so Safron Terrorists on streets Lynching innocent to incite communal riots.
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                chitta
                Jul 3, 2017 at 9:59 am
                You are right. Let Muslims gain some majority than they will show real power.
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                AIyer
                Jul 3, 2017 at 8:06 am
                Our condolences to you Sir. Very ashamed of my home country that such things happen.
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                  Raju
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 8:03 am
                  Probably they are given shelter at RSS or BJP Headquarter because these are their Criminals unleashed on minority and Dalits.
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                    Mohan
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 9:38 pm
                    Learnt history from your dumbo pappa ?
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