Hafiz Junaid lynching: Faridabad police interrogating prime accused, no beef reference in complaint

Chandigarh: Police on Sunday said that interrogation of the main accused in the lynching of 16-year-old Hafiz Junaid was being done in Faridabad to get to the bottom of the incident.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

"We are interrogating him. It is an ongoing, open investigation. A final picture will emerge only after completion of the interrogation," Government Railway Police (GRP) deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Kamal Dev told media in Faridabad on Sunday.

"The accused was identified after a thorough, continuous effort over the last 15 days by our teams," Dev said.

The accused, who was arrested from Dhule in Maharashtra on Saturday, will be produced in a court in Faridabad on Sunday and police remand will be sought.

The accused, aged 30 years, whose identity is not being revealed by the police quoting legal provisions, belongs to Palwal district in Haryana. He was working as a security guard in a private company in Delhi, Dev said.

He added that the accused stayed at his home (in Palwal district) and went to Dhule later to someone known to him. He started working there.

The DCP said that the murder weapon, a knife, was yet to be recovered. He said the accused had admitted to the crime.

"There is no reference to beef in the complaint of the victims and also questioning of the accused," Dev said in reply to a question whether the killing was linked to objections over beef.

Hafiz Junaid was brutally beaten and stabbed to death on a local train at Ballabhgarh in Haryana last month by a group of people following an argument over seats.

The murder triggered nationwide outrage.

Junaid and cousin brothers Hasim Moin and Shakir Moin had boarded the EMU train going from Ghaziabad to Mathura after Eid shopping on 22 June. The accused, along with around a dozen other persons, boarded the train at Okhla and ordered Junaid and his brothers to give them their seats.

When they refused, they brutally beat the three and also stabbed them and dumped them at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district.

The police have made five arrests earlier in this case.

Updated Date: Jul 09, 2017 14:35 PM

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