Faridabad lynching: Six detained, let off later, Rs 1 lakh reward for credible info, says Police

The police did, however, detain six people for questioning apart from the accused, said a source, adding that they were all eventually let off after the police came to the conclusion that they were not involved in the murder.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Updated: June 26, 2017 10:43 am
faridabad lynching news, india news, indian express news Junaid’s sister with his copy of the Quran at their Khandawli home. (Source: Tashi Tobgyal)

After six people were detained and subsequently let off in connection with the lynching of a 15-year-old on a Mathura-bound train, Haryana Railway Police on Sunday announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for any “credible information” on the incident. While the weapon used to commit the crime is yet to be recovered, the police said that they have formed four teams to probe the matter. Their strategy, till now, has been to “speak to regular passengers in the train to try and create a picture of the exact sequence of events that led up to the murder”, said a police source.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening, while the deceased, Junaid, was going home to Ballabgarh by train, along with three others, after Eid shopping at Sadar Bazar in Delhi. An argument ensued over seats in the train, and in the scuffle that followed, Junaid and his two brothers were stabbed, with the former succumbing to his injuries.
In the FIR, “15/20 people” have been accused of hurling anti-Muslim comments and manhandling the boys, said the police. No one has been named, added the police.

Elaborating further, Kamaldeep Goyal, Superintendent of Police of the Haryana Railway Police said, “We are questioning passengers who travel on the route daily to ascertain if they saw anything. We are still probing into the matter and can only reveal more once further investigations have been conducted.” Goyal also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh, while assuring that the identity of the ‘witness’ would be kept hidden. He added, “Anyone who can give any information related to the event and can provide us with any photographs or videos of the same will receive a reward of Rs 1 lakh.”

Earlier, an officer of the GRP had told Indian Express that the CCTV camera that overlooked the spot at the Asaoti railway station in Faridabad, where Khan had bled to death, had been found to be tampered with.

Hashim, the brother of the deceased who was also injured in the incident, had claimed on Saturday that he was called to the police station for the identification parade, and had identified two accused out of the four presented to him, although he claimed neither of the two had wielded the knife and were only among those who had abused and manhandled his companions and him. The police refused to comment on the issue.

One person, though, identified as 35-year-old Ramesh, a resident of Palwal’s Jodhpur village, has been arrested in connection with the case. Police said Ramesh has claimed that he was intoxicated when he boarded the train at Ballabgarh, after noticing a commotion inside the coach. Claiming that he was “provoked”, Ramesh has taken responsibility for the stabbing. Police, however, are interrogating him to confirm the same. Hashim told Indian Express though, that “he wasn’t the one who stabbed his brother” and was “one of those in the mob”.

The police did, however, detain six people for questioning apart from the accused, said a source, adding that they were all eventually let off after the police came to the conclusion that they were not involved in the murder.

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  1. Anil Bharali
    Jun 27, 2017 at 4:52 am
    RSS is a colonial created organization. "Gumata" is a perception allowed to develop within hundu society by imperial administrators with a view to create Hindu majority sentiment before starting electoral politics in India to suppress the demand from Muslim community take back from Imperial ruler after Sepoy mutiny. RSS is still active in imperial siave.
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      Curious onlooker
      Jun 27, 2017 at 8:03 am
      It is self serving and convenient to put all blames on colonial administration for the creation of communal Hindu sentiment. It is only since the advent of BJP as a political party, the Hindutva mentality gained momentum and took root in India with the support of RSS who had till then quietly nurtured the idea with radical and extremist overtones. One need not therefore look for the villain across the seas for the present day ills of India.
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      Bharat Maa
      Jun 26, 2017 at 8:44 pm
      the police would have arrested all of them, if they would have killed cow. but since it was a muslim boy, no action will be taken by BJP led government.
      1. R
        Jun 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm
        shameful act guilty should be caught punished when will we learn to behave think as Indians first
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          Parth Garg
          Jun 26, 2017 at 2:35 pm
          Instead of doing its job of detection of the crime the police has adopted the shortcut of announcing a reward for 'Credible" information. Any informer would not risk his life in the case since it allegedly involves the issue of 'Beef'.
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            mayank rawat
            Jun 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm
            What can we expect from Haryana a state known only for gangrapes and crime.. This bjp gov't of Haryana can only protect cows
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