Faridabad lynching: Junaid’s elder brother discharged from Delhi hospital, taken home

The doctors sent him home with a volley of medicines: an antibiotic, a painkiller, a wound cleansing pill, a strong antacid, and a Vitamin D pill — to be taken daily for 10 days.

Written by Sowmiya Ashok | Khandawli | Updated: July 1, 2017 6:40 am
Shaqir after reaching home, Friday. Abhinav Saha

Mohammad Gufran grew accustomed to Shaqir’s hand gestures as the day drew on. His best friend of nine years lay still near him, with his eyes shut, and the stab wound next to his ear, throbbing. Gufran poured a little water into Shaqir’s mouth and then attempted to pat away his friend’s pain by slowly massaging his wound. It had been over twelve hours since 23-year-old Shaqir — older brother to 15-year-old Junaid Khan who was stabbed and killed on a Mathura-bound train last week — returned home from the hospital. His brother-in-law had driven him back in his SUV at 2 am on Thursday.

The doctors sent him home with a volley of medicines: an antibiotic, a painkiller, a wound cleansing pill, a strong antacid, and a Vitamin D pill — to be taken daily for 10 days. A little after sunrise, almost the whole of Khandawli village came to see Shaqir. A long queue stretched out, with people lining up one after another to wish him well and offer some words of comfort. “Praise Allah that you are alive. Wish you a speedy recovery,” the village elders said. “People came and stood at the entrance to his room to catch a glimpse and then leave,” his older sister Rabia told The Indian Express.

Shaqir, though, hasn’t said a word. Not even to his wife or children. Earlier in the day, his one-year-old child had lunged at her father when she was taken near him but he gestured her away like he had with Gufran: his right hand rising a few inches above the bed and flopping back limply. “He has not had anything to eat either,” his wife Rubina said. “Half a roti with some moong daal, and bits and pieces of cut papaya. Like you would tear off to feed a child.”

In the large hall across the narrow path outside Shaqir’s house, his father Jalaluddin sat surrounded by men on cushioned mattresses, some of whom had travelled from Kosi Kalan near Mathura. “Why, if he is ‘Hindustan ka Raja’, is he not able to stop these killings?” he said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Gujarat the previous day. “When demonetisation happened, he (Modi) had said the currency notes would be invalid at a particular time, and they were. Usko kehte hein bolna!” he said. “Not this!”

Other men around him began talking in unison: “Please don’t divide Hindus and Muslims. Please don’t divide us…” chanted an elderly Ali Hassan to no one in particular. Someone showed him a WhatsApp message for the dharna at Jantar Mantar scheduled for Sunday in Junaid’s honour. “I doubt I will attend,” said Jalaluddin. “I am feeling tired,” he said, stepping out and lighting a beedi. “Whatever God wills, takes place. Not even a leaf can move without his will.”

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    Antony
    Jul 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm
    Protest must be organized against the inhuman killings by Sanghis in world capitals when Modi visit these countries! World should know what he and his party doing in the name of cow in India ! He has no problem in roaming around beef eating countries and hugging beef eating foreign christian leaders but tacitly given support to kill minorities in the name of beef in his own country just to divide people and to get vote ! Last week he gave a half hearted cosmetic statement against lynchings without asking the home ministry to send directives to state govts to take action against the gau rakshaks terrorists ! World should know there is a terror organisation called RSS in India who are equal to taliban which is committed to kill all minorities in this country with the active support of the Modi govt ! Only options left out for the people of the country is to buy weopons and defend ourselves and our families against these sanghi terrorists!
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      chitta
      Jul 1, 2017 at 10:18 am
      Hindus must realize that India is not only their property. Muslim has equal share. If Hindu do this kind of violence than it will divide India. They must respect Muslim community and live with peace.
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        Faku Faking
        Jul 1, 2017 at 10:49 am
        IT IS SIMPLE.........AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP. IF YOU ARE NOT SECURE I AM ALSO NOT SAFE.
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          Antony
          Jul 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm
          you should not generalize hindus! it is only sanghis who wants to kill minorities not common hindus !
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          Abhijit Bhattacharya
          Jul 1, 2017 at 9:13 am
          I hope Junaid's murder will open the eyes of all sensible Indians to see the disastrous path India has taken since 2014.
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            chitta
            Jul 1, 2017 at 10:20 am
            You are right Muslims are peace loving people. Hindus are provoking Muslims with this kind of unacceptable acts. Muslim love India
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              Rahul
              Jul 1, 2017 at 11:04 am
              chitta...is this sarcasm, or are you truly delusional?
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            Lovely
            Jul 1, 2017 at 8:00 am
            Is it NEWS?
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              true indian
              Jul 1, 2017 at 8:07 am
              You will consider this news only if you or your family gone thru this kind of tragedy.
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                Hemant
                Jul 1, 2017 at 8:25 am
                You are not Indian.
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              rddy
              Jul 1, 2017 at 7:17 am
              vow, what a melodrama created by media, Indian media got multiple talents, love to see same compassion when Hindus are killed by Muslims, but never seen when thousands of Kashmir pundits were killed and raped, same thing happening in West Bengal,Kerala, nobody bothers to put in the papers, only Muslims got every right in this country, thanks to congress,communists and Mamatha, Mulayalam,laloo, whole blame should be on Hindus for their cowardliness and divided themselves on caste bases, keep whinging till Muslims grow in numbers, then don't w have to worry anymore, either you will be converted or killed,e you wont hear the word Hindu or secularism again,great Hindus, great
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                Champa Bai
                Jul 1, 2017 at 9:41 am
                looks like this country and its useless media is all about muslims, dalits and SC/ST now.....being a hindu in this country is now a crime.........Whatever happened to Junaid is wrong and needs to be punished severely.................but when hindus are killed in Kerala, Bengal and Kashmir etc.....the same media is quiet and happy........no concern even though they form the majority 80 population
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                  Faku Faking
                  Jul 1, 2017 at 10:51 am
                  CAN YOU NAME A SINGLE PERSON.
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