Prime accused in Junaid killing held from Maharashtra, police say he has confessed

On Wednesday, Junaid’s elder brother Hashim, who too was stabbed in the train, had been shown a sketch of the main accused by police officials. “I recognised him, he was the same man who stabbed Junaid, Shaqir and me in the train. Today, we were told he has been caught.”

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Updated: July 9, 2017 7:34 am
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THE Haryana Police Saturday claimed to have arrested the prime accused in the killing of Junaid Khan, from Dhule in Maharashtra, over a fortnight after the 15-year-old was stabbed to death on a train. They said he has confessed.
While the Haryana Police refused to give details about the identity of the accused, citing “investigation concerns”, police in Maharashtra identified him as Naresh Rakh. “Rakh was detained in the Sakri police station limits on Saturday afternoon by the Haryana Police,” Dhule Superintendent of Police M Ramkumar told The Sunday Express. “After making a police diary entry, the team took Rakh to Haryana.”

A senior personnel at the Maharashtra DGP’s office said the arrest was based on technical surveillance. “Rakh managed to flee after the incident and was staying with his relatives in Dhule. The Haryana team was on his trail and managed to pick up a few leads through technical surveillance. The team arrived in Maharashtra on Saturday afternoon and took Rakh into custody. The Maharashtra Police was subsequently informed,” said the official.

“In the questioning we have done until now, the accused has admitted to stabbing Junaid and his brothers. He will be produced in court on Sunday and further investigations will be conducted,” Kamal Deep Goyal, Superintendent of Police, Haryana Railway Police, said.

Goyal refused to reveal the name of the accused as well as “the sequence of events we have put together so far”, saying it might “compromise the investigation”. Police sources said the arrest, from Sakri in Dhule district, was made independent of leads from the questioning of the five men held earlier. The weapon used in the crime though is yet to be retrieved.

On Wednesday, Junaid’s elder brother Hashim, who too was stabbed in the train, had been shown a sketch of the main accused by police officials. “I recognised him, he was the same man who stabbed Junaid, Shaqir and me in the train. Today, we were told he has been caught,” Hashim told The Sunday Express.

The five men arrested earlier had admitted that they were part of the mob that hurled communal slurs at Junaid and his companions, and scuffled with them. However, they had denied stabbing Junaid.
The identification parade of the accused is pending.

On June 22, Junaid was returning home to Ballabgarh after Eid shopping in Delhi, with three others. A fight began over seats in the Mathura-bound train the boys had boarded, with “15/20 people” allegedly hurling communal slurs at them, calling them “beef-eaters” and making jibes at their skull caps. As the fight escalated, Junaid and his brothers Shaqir and Hashim were stabbed. Junaid succumbed to his injuries the same evening.

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  1. R
    Jul 10, 2017 at 3:43 am
    A Hindu stabbed to death in Karnataka by j!hadis, another Hindu killed by marxists in Kerala and one Ghosh killed by violent TMC islamist mobs in WB, after burning hundreds of Hindu homes and threatening them to expel from their land, all in last three-four days!. What we hear from paid anti-national media is Junaid Junaid and see only his photo, agitation by award wapsi thugs as 'not in my name' protest to give cover to islamic terr0r!sts in India so on. And these media p!mps think Indian citizens are s to believe them! I am not eevn talking about fate of Hindus in Kashmir, forget about those in neighboring muslim majority lands once part of India. Absolute traitors should be jailed for treason. These fellows think in a land of 1.2B people only Junaid,Aqhlaq death matter and no ones else if they are not muslims.
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      Habib A. Zuberi
      Jul 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm
      Shabana Azamiis a great lady and I share the statement she has she has made.Fundamentalism appeals mostly to those who lack understanding of human nature and devoid of human decency. Live and let live is a fine policy. Respect people even when they disagre with you.
      1. R
        Jul 10, 2017 at 3:46 am
        Then she should get security cover immediately otherwise she will be killed by islamist thugs for telling them to improve! Her statements in fact apply only to islamic followers in reality.
      2. R
        Jul 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm
        India under the animism, : Animism is the belief that everything has a soul or spirit, an anima in Latin, including animals(cow, reptiles, etc , plants, rocks, mountains, rivers, and stars. Animists believe each anima is a powerful spirit that can help or hurt them and are to be worshipped or feared or in some way attended to. Animism is a primitive religion whose adherents have for thousands of years deified animals, stars, and idols of any kind, and practiced spiritism, witchcraft, divination and astrology. They use magic, spells, enchantments, supers ions, amulets, talismans, charms, or anything that they believe will help to protect them from the evil spirits and placate the good spirits that are found everywhere in everything.The practice of animism opens a door for demons to enter into the lives of people who are deceived by the lie that is animism.The Bible condemns those who practice spiritism in very strong terms: That's why killing take place in India by Hindu radicals.
        1. R
          Jul 9, 2017 at 4:35 pm
          Junaid killer must be hang till death
          1. I
            Jul 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm
            Islamic terrorism is worldwide phenomenon, this is nothing compared to Islamic terrorism worldwide
          2. T
            Jul 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm
            hang all killers they as good as terrorists ,, regardless of which community they belong ,, this is not acceptable at all ,, if this is not stopped we on the way to be the next pakistan , lawless and criminal ,, modi ji you head our great nation you should not let this happen .
            1. A
              Jul 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm
              What is it like for a Hindu to live in a Muslim dominated area? Yes you live in fear. There are frequent incidents of violence against Hindus. Pretty normal if you are irreligious, don’t care about being a Hindu. If you don’t wear a tilak, don’t wear a dhaga on your hand or if your janeu is not visible, if you don’t play Hindu devotional songs, if you worship your God with pin drop silence at home, if you never criticize any Islamic belief or men/women, if you maintain your silence and enjoy some friends among the Muslim community, can read Urdu or Nastaliq script, if you have no dietary issues and if you don’t mind being called mushrikeen/malaun/lollay/etc you should be fine as a Hindu man in a Muslim dominated area. Otherwise it is suffocating for those who are Hindus.
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                Vaarun M
                Jul 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm
                Good, killing is no cure. Enlighten the religious fanatics why fight over story book hero.. anywyas we should side with shaktiman against spiderman, indian after all....
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                  Madarchod Mohammad
                  Jul 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm
                  Kill Muslims anywhere you see to save India and Hindus. Join RSS.
                  1. T
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm
                    my freind you stink you need to be admitted to a hospital get well soon .
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