One arrested in connection with lynching of Muslim boy in a moving train

One arrested in connection with lynching of Muslim boy in a moving train

The police on Saturday arrested one person in connection with the lynching of a 16-year old Muslim boy on board a moving train in Haryana, who today confessed he was in an inebriated state and was instigated by his friends to beat up the Muslim youth.

The accused, identified as Ramesh, however said he did not stab the victim Junaid that led to his death. Instead, he said his fellow friends instigated him saying the youth were carrying beef. The police are on the look out for the other accused in the case.

The accused said he was not the one who made the beef slur at the Muslim youth. Instead, he said, ‘his friends did’. Ramesh was remanded to three days in police custody on Saturday. The accused admitted to have thrashed the youth. The suspects manifesting beef bigotry accused the Muslim youth of eating beef and more, the family of the deceased boy Junaid alleged on Friday. The Haryana police today said the accused will be brought to justice.

Victim Junaid was accompanied by three of his cousins- Mohsin, Moeen and Hashim- who were injured in the attack by the mob on board the train over an altercation to vacate the seat. None of the passengers came forward to help the victims. After being badly thrashed by the mob for hours, Junaid was stabbed with a knife at Asavati railway station in Haryana.

The attack was by a mob of about 15 men. Jallaludin, the father of victim, said his son and three others were returning home after shopping for Eid festival. As the youth declined to vacate the seat, the mob unleashed a barrage of communal slurs.

As they mob started to thrash the Muslim boys, they were abused of being “anti-nationals, beef-eaters and traitors.” CPI (M) leaders visited the house of the victim today and demanded immediate arrest of all the accused, besides compensation for the family.

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