Main accused in Junaid's lynching has confessed, was a security guard: Police

The prime accused was arrested by Haryana railway police on Saturday from Dhule district of Maharashtra.

Published: 09th July 2017 07:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2017 11:13 PM   |  A+A-

A photo of 16-year-old Junaid Khan who was lynched on a train, moments before his death, shared on social media.

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: The main accused in the killing of 17-year-old Junaid Khan on a Mathura-bound train, was working as a security guard in a private company in Delhi and has also confessed to the crime, said police.

Police sources said that the accused, a 30-year-old from Bhamrola village in the Hathin subdivision of Palwal district, worked as a security guard with a private company in Delhi. After allegedly committing the crime, he fled to Mathura, stayed there for a few days and then went to Dhule in Maharashtra. Four days ago, his relative got him a job in a factory in Dhule, added the police.

The prime accused was arrested by Haryana railway police on Saturday from Dhule district of Maharashtra. A Faridabad court sent him to two-days police remand on the same day.

Superintendent (SP) of Haryana government railway police (GRP), Kamaldeep Goyal said, "The main accused confessed that he murdered Junaid. He added that he was not involved when the altercation started between Junaid and others in the train. He later got involved in the tiff, pulled out the knife which he used to carry with him and stabbed Junaid and his brothers." 

"The investigation is still going on and we have to interrogate the accused in detail. Only after that we will able to know what led to the lynching,"  Goyal said.

Goyal said that the murder weapon had not been recovered, but said that the accused told the police that the knife with which he allegedly attacked Junaid was in his possession.

Junaid's brother, Hasseb, said, that he was too scared to return to Gujarat for his studies. While re-calling the horrific incident he added that his skull cap was pulled off his head and his beard was tugged, while the crowd hurled abuses at them calling them 'beef eaters' and anti-nationals.

"He should be hanged. We are living in an atmosphere of fear and such incidents are happening every day in every part of the country," said 55-year-old Jalaluddin, Junaid's father.

The other five accused arrested in the case are Ramesh Kumar, Rameshwar, Chander, Pradeep and Gaurav and they all belong to Khambi village in Palwal district of Haryana.

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