Muslim teen lynching: Accused sent to 2-day police remand, family demands death penalty
The next hearing in the case will be on July 11. Photograph: (ANI)
The main accused in the lynching of a Muslim teenager to death on a train in Haryana was sent to two days police remand by a district court on Sunday.
The Haryana Railway Police arrested the key suspect from Maharashtra's Dhule district yesterday, and produced him before the Faridabad district and sessions court today. The court recorded his statement today.
The accused had "confessed" to having stabbed the 17-year-old victim, a police official said.
"During his questioning so far, the main accused has confessed to having stabbed Junaid and attacking his brothers," Superintendent of Police (Railways) Kamaldeep Goyal said.
Asked about the allegations that Junaid and his brothers had been attacked by a group of people over the issue of beef. "The issue of beef (being the cause of the murder) has not come to the fore in the questioning of the main accused so far," he replied.
The next hearing in the case will take place on July 11.
Junaid Khan's family has demanded death penalty for the accused.
"I appeal to the government to announce death penalty for the accused and arrest the remaining involved in this case. Such incidents are happening everyday in every parts of the nation. We are living in fear," Junaid's father Jalaluddin said today.
On June 22, Junaid Khan was allegedly lynched by unidentified persons on a local train while travelling from Ghaziabad to Mathura.
The incident took place when Junaid and his brothers were returning to their village on Haryana after shopping for Eid in Delhi.
Junaid's brother Haseeb said his skull cap was pulled off and his beard was tugged while the mob hurled abuses at them, calling them "beef-eaters".