The decision to wear black armbands, say locals, was taken after 15-year-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on a Mathura-bound train by a mob that allegedly mocked his skull cap and called him a beef eater. It was at a nearby madrasa in Mewat where Junaid used to study, hoping to become the imam of Jama Masjid one day.
Even as the group continues to occupy a corner of Jantar Mantar in the hope that their demands will be met, routine clearing of the area by authorities has allegedly led to a dwindling in their numbers.
With 90 per cent burn injuries, Durgesh was taken to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead. On Saturday morning, Dev Ram, succumbed to 80 per cent burn injuries at a Delhi hospital, police said.
Accused in an FIR registered after the death of Manish Khari — a Class XII student who lived two houses away — the five students are facing charges under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc).