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Ballabgarh Lynching: Man who Stabbed Junaid Arrested in Maharashtra

Sixteen-year-old Junaid was stabbed multiple times by a mob on a Delhi-Mathura train in Ballabgarh, Haryana on June 24.

Updated:July 8, 2017, 7:56 PM IST
New Delhi: The prime accused in the Junaid lynching case was on Saturday arrested by Faridabad Police in Maharashtra's Dhule district.

Sixteen-year-old Junaid was stabbed multiple times by a mob on a Delhi-Mathura train in Ballabgarh, Haryana, on June 24. He succumbed to his injuries after nobody helped him reach a hospital, according to his brother Haseeb.

Haseeb also said that his skull cap was flung, his beard pulled, while the crowd hurled abuses at them.

Station House Officer (SHO), Government Railway Police (GRP), told CNN-News18 that the accused, Naresh Rakh, will be produced in Dhule Court for a transit remand. "We are yet to recover the murder weapon. Senior officers will conduct a press conference tomorrow afternoon," he said.

A statement released by the GRP said that a team was sent to Dhule following a tip-off that the accused was hiding there. Earlier, the police had arrested several people, including a 50-year-old Delhi government employee, in connection with the murder.

Junaid's father Jalaluddin told CNN-News18 that he had just come to know of arrest and the police were bringing the accused back to Delhi. "I thank the media for continuously covering this story and the police for their pursuit of the murderer," he said, adding that everybody who was behind his son's killing should be arrested as soon as possible.

Exhorting the government to bring an anti-lynching law, Jalaluddin said: "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."

The incident occurred after a scuffle broke out between Junaid and a group of people over a seat. Junaid, along with his brothers, had gone to Delhi to buy new clothes on the occasion of Eid.

Junaid's brothers had told reporters earlier that the attackers taunted and repeatedly called them "anti-nationals" and "beef eaters".

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