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03 Jun 2023, 22:42 HRS IST
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  • Investigations on in Ballabgarh incident: Police

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21:2 HRS IST

Chandigarh, Jun 24 (PTI) Police today said that investigations were under progress and they were hopeful to nab other accused after a Muslim youth was stabbed to death by a group of people when an altercation over a train seat turned communal near Ballabhgarh in Haryana.

"One accused has already been arrested. He is being quizzed. Further investigations in the case are under progress," a Government Railway Police official in Faridabad said over phone.

He said some facts have come to light, on the basis of which, further investigations are going on.

"The investigations have revealed that there was a dispute over a train seat. The complainant party has said the accused used some words which hurt their religious sentiments after which the issue flared up resulting in the incident," the official said.

Junaid (17) was stabbed to death while his two brothers - Hasim (21) and and Sakir (23) - were injured by a mob who also allegedly passed slurs against them after the dispute over the seat on board the Delhi-Mathura passenger train between Ballabgarh and Mathura stations on Thursday night.

The arrested accused, before being remanded to police custody by a court in Faridabad district today, told reporters that he was in an inebriated state at the time of the incident.

The complainant in the case, Hasib, said the police have assured them that all the culprits will be nabbed and justice will be done to them.

"They told us that if we could identify the accused if they are paraded before them. We told the police that we can identify every single person. They have assured that action as per law will be taken in the case and we are hopeful that we will get justice," he told reporters in Ballabgarh.

Junaid's father Jamaluddin said they were cooperating with the investigators in the case.

"They asked us about the sequence of events, like from where the victims had boarded the train. We told them that they had gone to Sadar Bazaar in Delhi for Eid shopping and boarded the train from there and were returning home when they were attacked," he said.

Earlier, a CPI(M) delegation today paid a visit to the family of the victims.

The delegation, which asked the police to ascertain the political affiliation of those involved in the "horrific mob lynching", said the accused would not dare target the victim sans "political patronage" in the BJP-ruled state.

CPI(M) politburo members Brinda Karat and Mohammed Salim reprimanded the Centre over the attack and rued that no government representative issued a statement on the incident or met the youths' family.

The injured youths in the incident told reporters in Khaddawli, a small village in Haryana's Faridabad district, that the attackers taunted and repeatedly called them "anti- nationals" and "beef eaters".

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