#NotinMyName LIVE UPDATES: Thousands gather to protest against mob lynchings

#NotinMyName: Hundreds of people have gathered at various locations around the country to protest against the mob violence. The protests are being organised in New Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and many more cities.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 9:37 pm
Not in My Name, Not in My Name protests, lynching, protest against lynching, faridabad lynching, jantar mantar #NotinMyName: Hundreds of people have gathered at various locations around the country to protest against the mob violence.

The lynching of a 15-year-old youth in a Mathura-bound train last week has triggered widespread protests across the country, with people taking to the streets under the common banner, ‘Not in My Name’. Hundreds of people have gathered at various locations around the country to protest against the mob violence.

The protests are being organised in New Delhi, Kolkata, Allahabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Patna, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Lucknow, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram. Similar protests will be held in London, Toronto, and Boston on June 29.

#NotinMyName Live Updates:

9.30 pm: “Dear Ma, I am home. You wanted me to buy new clothes in Delhi, but fate has landed me in heaven, where you don’t have marauding mobs. I am home. Yours, Junaid.” This was a letter read out by Junaid’s 22-year-old brother Mohammed Asaruddin, who called it a “letter to his mother from heaven”.

“Even I was called a terrorist in college. This issue is of identity and we have reached a point where we are having to conceal skull caps and other symbols that define Islam,” Asaruddin added to the crowd at Jantar Mantar, reported PTI.

7.47 pm: Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweets a picture from Jantar Mantar.

7.45 pm: Congress leader T S Singh Deo tweets condemning the incidents of lynching. He says, “No lynching and certainly #NotInMyName. I condemn it & request other citizens to come forward. This is not the nation we imagined.”

7.41 pm: AAP leader Ashutosh tweets, “It’s time to stand up and oppose barbarism #NotInMyName”. He is also at the protest in Jantar Mantar.

6.40 pm:  Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia arrives at Jantar Mantar. Speaking to the indianexpress.com, Sisodia said: “I haven’t seen such insecurity across the country…I am worried about for my family, society and country…The nation’s voice must be heard.”

Sisodia at the protest (Source: Vishnu Varma)

Sisodia also tweets:

Also read: What is the ‘Not In My Name’ protest? Click here.

(Source: Aaron Pereira)

CPI MP D Raja also joined the protests. “Today there is a protest, it is a political initiative taken by the citizens of the country against the lynching that is going on across the country, against minorities, against Dalits, particularly in BJP-ruled states. PM Modi has not uttered a word on the ongoing lynching of Dalits and minorities in the country. Such a killing cannot happen…The Government has to defend our secular right and the constitution. Govt has completely failed…”

“This is a strong message to the Prime Minister and the government, they cannot think that this will go unchallenged.”

Meanwhile, CPI(M) on its official Twitter handle extended its support to the campaign. “CPIM extends support to the citizens match #NotInMyName against Mob Lynchings by right wing Hindutva forces,” it tweeted.

6.30 pm: Indianexpress.com’s Aaron Pereira and Vishnu Varma, who are at the protest site in Jantar Mantar, get us the latest visuals.

(Source: Aaron Pereira) Protesters holding placards at Jantar Mantar. (Source: Aaron Pereira) Musicians performing on a stage as crowds swell at Jantar Mantar. (Source: Aaron Pereira)

6.20 pm: Here is list of recent mob lynchings in the country.

1) Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train after an argument over seats escalated into a scuffle.
2) J&K police officer Ayub Pandit was beaten to death by a mob outside a Srinagar mosque.
3) Zafar Hussain, a 44-year-old man from Rajasthan, was beaten to death after he objected to government officials engaged in the Swachh Bharat campaign to taking photographs of women defecating in the open.
4) Abu Hanifa and Riyazuddin Ali were lynched by villagers in Nagaon on suspicion of stealing cows.
5) Dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was waylaid and lynched by a mob in Alwar while he was transporting cows.

6.10 pm: Noted Historian Ramchandra Guha has joined the protests at Bengaluru’s Town Hall. In Mumbai, Actress Shabana Azmi told Hindustan Times, “It is not an isolated incident (lynching of a Muslim teenager). Need a stringent law against the perpetrators.”

(Source: Aaron Pereira)

6.06 pm: In Mumbai, actors Konkana Sen, Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin and many others braved the heavy rains to attend the protest.  Meanwhile, Hindustan Times is reporting that protesters in Hyderabad have been asked to disperse by the police as they have not obtained prior permission.  In Lucknow, protesters are seen sporting black armbands.

6.00 pm: Gurgaon-based independent filmmaker, Saba Dewan  is spearheading the protests at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. Dewan’s  post went viral on Facebook with many responding to her rallying call. “Shouldn’t there be protests against the lynchings especially after the murder yesterday in Delhi NCR by a mob of a 16-year-old Muslim boy? If not now then when? Why wait for political formations to organize a demonstration? Why can’t all of us as citizens repulsed by the violence get together in protest at the earliest next week at Jantar Mantar under the banner – Not in my Name,” she wrote in the post.

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    Hemanth Kumar
    Jun 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm
    Great going guys, i just wish this protest does not ends in social media alone.
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      L bhadrapati Devi
      Jun 28, 2017 at 10:58 pm
      So many rape and murder happened in the past without any notice from AAP and Left Parties. Why JNU scholars are standing for partisan view? Even victims should not be discriminated. All victims should be equally treated from civilized society.
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        Uthra Venkatraman
        Jun 29, 2017 at 10:12 am
        Hi bhakt fool. Do you know the elements of logic? Rapists rape anyone they don't pick just Muslims. Go drink some gomutra, perhaps it will help you grow a brain.
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          Nish
          Jun 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm
          u r so ignorant. y dont u ppl organize rally for kashmir petller not in my name.
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          Hemanth Kumar
          Jun 29, 2017 at 12:44 pm
          Did you forgot the candle light march for Nirbhaya. And it did bring some big changes to system.
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          THATHAMAN
          Jun 28, 2017 at 10:42 pm
          JUST AFTER READING THE BELOW HATE COMMENTS BY BHAKTHS AND TROLLS. ONE THING APPEARS CERTAIN. RSS/ BJP/ MODISHAH WILL AND ALREADY STARTD THEIR VENUM TO SPREAD SLOWLY BUT SURLY TO GET THEIR MAIN MOTTO OF MUSLIM MUKTH HINDU RASHTRA.IF THEY CAN SPREAD COMMUNAL VENUM IN SUCH ASHORT PERIOD OF 3 YEARS WE CAN TAKE IT GRANTED THEY WILL SUCCEED WITH OTHER AIM OF THEM ie CONGRESS MUKTH BHARATH MEANS OPPOSITION MUKTH BHARATH. HITLER TOOK 7 YEARS TO MAKE GERMANY IN TO LAND AND OUR RSS/ MODI MAY NOT EVEN TAKE THAT LONG TO DIVIDE INDIA.
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            SubbuI
            Jun 28, 2017 at 10:57 pm
            I AGREE WITH THATHAMAN. MODI AND SANGH COMBINATION IS MORE LETHAL THAN HITLER AND NEZI COMBINATION . MODI WITH HIS WINNING SPREE MAY RULE FOR ANOTHER 7 YEARS WILL BE DISASTROUS TO INDIA
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            Ram
            Jun 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm
            Targetting Mslims and Dalits by RSS chaddis must stop. Hindus are not chaddis, and chaddis are not Hindus. India is for secular people and those wants a Hindu Rastra should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh and take it. The ideological heads should be booked for all such heinous crime against the citizens of India. They - RSS, BJP, VHP, Santens, Senas - should be labelled terrorists and anti Indians.
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              Mayank
              Jun 28, 2017 at 10:10 pm
              This is not a political fight. Politicians just want to get involved for their own gains. We need rule of law in our country. We want safety and security for everyone and from the governments and political thugs of every party.
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                Lovely
                Jun 28, 2017 at 10:09 pm
                When Indian soldiers were beheaded why these protests not held.?
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                  KS KUMAR
                  Jun 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm
                  Why did these people not protest when RSS men are killed in Karnataka and Kerala.
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                    Kamal
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:04 pm
                    Irrelevant and trying to distract from issue of Junaid Khan murder. Very communal comment. Very sad to see such communal attempts to distract from dastardly murder of innocent boy Junaid. Clearly, a political comment by Mr Kumar who does not have humanity to first condemn murder of Junaid before getting into another issue. Sad to see such biased prejudice so much so that he cannot even first condemn murder of teenager.
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                      Nish
                      Jun 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                      junaid was not killed for beef. it was for seat issue. also, it was not rss or bjp ppl who kild him. it was one of the indian who did this and other indian who remained silent. instead of dividng relgn it is more of awkng humanity.
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                    Vinay
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:53 pm
                    The Sanghi Cowtards are extremely angry at the protests. LOL !
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