Faridabad lynching: CCTV footage futile as Junaid’s brother struggles to identify men

According to sources, the CCTV footage procured by police shows three men boarding a motorcycle and fleeing the scene, shortly after the train, in which Junaid Khan was murdered, came to a halt at Asaoti railway station.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Published:June 28, 2017 5:39 am
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Footage from a CCTV camera installed near Asaoti railway station provided Haryana Railway Police the first hope of a breakthrough in the investigation into the murder of 15-year-old Junaid Khan on board a Mathura-bound train. According to sources, the CCTV footage procured by police shows three men boarding a motorcycle and fleeing the scene, shortly after the train, in which Junaid Khan was murdered, came to a halt at Asaoti railway station.

However, Junaid’s brother Hashim, who was also injured in the incident, failed to recognise the men, police sources said.

Junaid was stabbed to death last week by a mob that mocked his skull cap and called him a beef eater after an argument over train seats escalated. His brothers were injured in the incident and taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). While Hashim, Junaid’s older brother, was discharged on Saturday morning, Shaqir had to stay on.

One person, 35-year-old Ramesh Kumar, was arrested a day after the murder, with police claiming he had confessed to the crime and said the crowd egged him on. Stating that he was summoned to the police station on Tuesday, Hashim said, “Police told me it would be a video. But when I reached, they only showed me some pictures. I could not confirm if the men were part of the mob.”

He added, “The picture was unclear and I could not make out the faces of the people. I do not want to get anyone into trouble if they are not guilty. So I will not accuse someone just because they are presented to me. I have to be sure.” The weapon used in the crime, meanwhile, is yet to be found despite police efforts.

Meanwhile, Kumar, who used to work at a factory in Ballabhgarh, was Tuesday produced before a court and remanded in judicial custody. “He has been sent to judicial custody and will now be lodged in Neemka jail in Faridabad until the honourable court grants him bail,” said Kamaldeep Goyal, SP, Haryana Railway Police.

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    Mohamed
    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:30 am
    Hashim's morality and maturity are in full display here. The credit goes to his parents and teachers who inculcated in him sense of justice even in difficult situation after the loss of his younger brother to unprovoked murderous mob and bodily injuries to him and his brother (younger brother is still in hospital). Good human characteristics shine through in trying times and Hashim's mental and emotional capacity can be gleaned from his fairness to not incriminate any innocent fellow human being despite his personal suffering and family loss. It is humbling for many of us and should be shaming to those whose political survival depends on social division and the lynching of innocent teenagers like Junaid Khan by extension. Assuming that Hashim is a villager with limited formal education. It is amazing how he could curb his emotions despite. Obviously, he is better human being and patriot than the political elite benefiting from this engineered social disharmony. Justice for Khans.
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      Murthy
      Jun 29, 2017 at 8:02 am
      Mohamed Bhai, I agree with you and praise this brother of the victim for his honesty. The problem here is the MEDIA. Such high publicity given to this case, within two days of the event, has already POLARISED each community. Hindus may feel that there was never 'conspiracy' to 'kill' Muslims. It was a fight in a train with each side provoking the other. Other passengers may have been keeping quiet, except one or two verbally objecting to the fighting. That is all they can do. Politicians and the Police are troubling a number of passengers because of the Publicity. It means that every eye witnesses to the case is now fearing "getting involved". This is the problem with POLITICISING ordinary law and order incidents. Police may not get eye witnesses who may have otherwise come forward. Our Media is NOT very intelligent. If they want to see Justice done in such cases, they should learn to wait and choose the right moment to highlight and ask pointed questions.
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      Dhinakaran
      Jun 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm
      What about the co pasenger who are just mute spectators. Wake up guys and this will happen to you one day if do not resist thugs taking law in to their hand. Police as usual take some innocent guy and close the case. Good Governance!!!.
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        Sunil Sharma
        Jun 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm
        THE ACTUAL GAME OF DECEIT , Manipulation ,fake footage to fool the eye witnesses is part of the police game all over india. The Murderers are to be set free this our Democracy .THE LYNCHING REPUBLIC OF INDYA. The Cow Symbol SHOULD BE given to bjp/rss/vhp to fight the next election. GREAT DEMOCRACY LAWLESSNESS WILL PREVAIL
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          jackal
          Jun 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm
          He added, “The picture was unclear and I could not make out the faces of the people. I do not want to get anyone into trouble if they are not guilty. So I will not accuse someone just because they are presented to me. I have to be sure.” The victims brother should be appreciated for being cautious and not identifying some innocent as the attacker. A good character definitely shows up at the time of extreme stress and loss.
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