Ravi Shankar Prasad, Haryana CM Khattar condemn killing of Junaid Khan

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the killing of Deputy SP Mohammad Ayub Pandit in Srinagar, inside the Jamia Masjid compound, was equally condemnable. “It was reprehensible that he was killed on a pious day while on duty,” he said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi/chandigarh | Updated: June 27, 2017 3:31 am
ravi shankar prasad, union law minister, indian express Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. (Express Photo. Files)

Condemning the killing of 15-year-old Junaid Khan on a Mathura-bound train in Faridabad, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday said what happened was “absolutely wrong”. “It is completely wrong. It should never have happened. I condemn the incident. The chief minister has said the state will do everything to nab the culprits. Some people have been arrested,” Prasad told The Indian Express. He said the killing of Deputy SP Mohammad Ayub Pandit in Srinagar was equally condemnable. “It was reprehensible that he was killed on a pious day while on duty,” he said.

Pandit was dragged inside the Jamia Masjid compound in Srinagar and murdered by a mob after he had been identified as a police officer while on duty on Shab-e-Qadr.

Prasad rejected criticism that the central government was silent on incidents of lynching in which minorities were victims. “The Prime Minister rejected them (gau rakshaks targeting Dalits and Muslims), saying they were fake cow-protectors. He said that those assaulters could attack him instead of Dalits,” he said.

In Chandigarh, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar broke his silence on the Faridabad killing and “condemned” the incident.

“The police have arrested an accused involved in the Junaid killing case, and a search is on to nab others. The state government has already provided financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the victim’s family,” Khattar told reporters.
He said the family was given a cheque of Rs 5 lakh by the District Red Cross and the Wakf Board chairman had also announced another Rs 5 lakh and a job for one of Junaid’s brothers.

“The CM condemned the incident and urged people to maintain peace in the state,” a government statement said.

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    Sudarshan Nityananda
    Jun 27, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    The quantum of criminality in N India over the last few years is reaching epic proportions. Do we know why the other passengers in the carriage did not come to Junaid's aid ? The indications are that they joined the gang in pushing and beating the boy. Have these politicians analyzed why an official Govt veterinary team from Tamil Nadu was assaulted at Barmer by a Gau rakshak criminal mob , when they were only trying to preserve valuable cattle breeds of Jaisalmer and take them to a breeding station ? All this points to the breakdown of what is known as "fear of the law" and is leading States like UP, Haryana, Rajasthan to anarchy. The politicians better wake up with strong actions , instead of dishing out condolence messages.
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    Sabiha Farhat
    Jun 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    What are we doing to ensure that such incidents do not happen again? All these muted condemnations have not helped us till now as is obvious from the increasing number of mob lynchings. What is the government doing to ensure it does not happen again? It was Modi and his team who openly indulged in hate speeches against muslims for years and reaped the benefits by winning elections. The hatered created by them now needs an outlet and comes out in these barbaric-spread-out-riots.
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