‘This is no longer about Hindus or Muslims, it is a matter of justice’

So far, Junaid’s family has been visited by Communist Party of India (Marxist) members Brinda Karat and Mohammad Salim, as well as MLA Tekchand Sharma, “who paid a two-minute visit since his office is nearby”.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon | Updated: June 26, 2017 10:51 am

It has been three days since tragedy struck Khandawli village in Faridabad’s Ballabgarh. Grief and shock was expected. The lack of response from the government, less so. Residents of Khandawli village now want reassurance from the government — both central and state — and a promise that the guilty will be brought to book and such an incident will not be repeated. They termed their silence on the incident as “profiling”, lack of response from the central and state government on the lynching and what they believe is “profiling”.

“It could be that the men were after the goods the boys bought from the market. But we believe this was more of a case of targeting them because they were Muslims. The mob trampled on their skull caps and pulled their beards — few things can be more insulting than that for us,” said Salima, a neighbour of Junaid’s family.

So far, Junaid’s family has been visited by Communist Party of India (Marxist) members Brinda Karat and Mohammad Salim, as well as MLA Tekchand Sharma, “who paid a two-minute visit since his office is nearby”.

“When they want votes, everyone comes running. But when something like this happens, not one person from central or state government has come to offer comfort or reassurance. Not one senior minister has spoken or expressed remorse about the incident publicly,” said Junaid’s father, Jalaluddin.

“The police are doing everything possible and have been cooperating with us, but why isn’t the administration giving this as much importance?” Jalaluddin said.

Reiterating this point, Mohammad Tasleem, another resident, said, “It is not necessary that people will start behaving if a minister speaks, but maybe if someone like the Chief Minister talks about this incident, a positive message will go out and we can start hoping again. This is no longer a matter of Hindu and Muslim, it is a matter of right and wrong, a matter of justice.”

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    M.A. Haque
    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:21 am
    Even if it is accepted that the matter was not Hindu vs Muslim, how one explains the targeting of just those four and none else? The train compartment must be having many more persons. Obviously they were in attire which could be easily connected to Muslims, they were attacked. Another issue is that no one right from inside the train to the station or nearby saw anything happening points towards a deep conspiracy. People are being 'trained' to protect the attackers in such cases. As far as the Parivar is concerned from top to the last person tacitly supports attacks on Muslims. The same statements: "Guilty will be punished", "No one will be spared" are repeated. Nothing happens. They feel that similar past incidences brought them to power and will keep them in power. Suppose the reverse had happened, immediately the entire village including women, children could be arrested, tortured to obtain confessions. But in these cases 'the law will take its course'. The message is clear.
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    1. Mukundan Pandiyath
      Jun 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm
      There is a concerted and dishonest effort in the media to tarnish the image of India as a land of Hindu fanatics under BJP rule. This will only lead the country to a civil war.
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        Sohappy
        Jun 26, 2017 at 1:22 pm
        With in few years, only Hindu will exit and Muslim will have to leave or finished. For that target, continuous rioting has been taken place. Judicial system has been changed and no will action has taken for riot. Our president will give bharat ratna, parameters vir chakra. More Muslims killing and more awards benefits.
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          Shagufta
          Jun 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm
          From my point of view it is the matter of hindus and Muslims. Because such type of accident took place with muslims only and with violent quotes such as 'they are beef eaters,they deserve to die'etc. With such quotes we can know that they target only muslim. They doesn't want to see a single muslim in india. But they should not forget that we muslim also shows patriotism. Because we also love our country. WE ARE INDIAN AND WE LOVE INDIA.
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          1. Vivek Bhalerao
            Jun 26, 2017 at 12:43 pm
            What about 3/4 lakh Kasmiri Pandits?
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