Hafiz Junaid lynching case: Prime accused arrested in Maharashtra; victim's father calls for anti-lynching law

The prime accused, Naresh Rakh, in the Hafiz Junaid lynching case was on Saturday arrested by Faridabad Police in Maharashtra's Dhule district, as reported by CNN-News 18.

CNN-News 18 said in a tweet that the accused will be produced in a Dhule court:

PTI reported that a statement released by the GRP said that a team was sent to Dhule following on a tip-off information that the accused person was hiding there. As per a previous Firstpost article, the Haryana Police arrested four people, including two Delhi government staffers in connection with the lynching. The article stated that the two government employees, a 31-year-old health department official and a 50-year-old Delhi Jal Board employee, were hurling communal abuses at the victim, which instigated the mob. However, the prime accused had been at large all this while. Junaid's father was thankful to the media and the police:

Strongly encouraging the government to bring about an anti-lynching law, Junaid's father Jalaluddin told CNN-News 18: "I urge the government to ensure such incidents don't occur again. It was my Junaid this time. It could be anybody's Junaid next."

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

NDTV reported that the arrest comes days after the Haryana Police admitted they had wrongly identified the person as the main accused in the case. A cash reward of Rs 2 lakh was offered by the police for any information that could lead to the killer.

The incident had triggered a nation-wide outrage. Junaid, 17, was stabbed to death when he, along with his brothers, was returning home to Khandawli village in Ballabgarh after shopping for Eid in Delhi.

Junaid was killed while his brothers — Hashim and Sakir — were injured by a mob which also allegedly hurled slurs against them onboard the Delhi-Mathura passenger train between Ballabgarh and Mathura stations. The youth's body was dumped close to Asaoti village in Faridabad district.

Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 20:47 PM

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