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Haryana hate crime: 4 new arrests in Junaid lynching case

Published : Jun 28, 2017, 5:52 pm IST
Updated : Jun 28, 2017, 6:59 pm IST

Police said one of the accused arrested in the lynching case is a 50 year old Delhi government employee.

Four new arrests have been made in Ballabgarh hate crime case (Photo: Twitter | ANI)
 Four new arrests have been made in Ballabgarh hate crime case (Photo: Twitter | ANI)

New Delhi: Four fresh arrests have been made on Wednesday in the Haryana hate crime incident that has made headlines over the week now, for the stabbing on a train of teenager Junaid Khan by a mob armed with knives.

"The Haryana police has arrested four more people in the Ballabhgarh lynching case. The accused are residents of a village near Hodal city. One of the accused who is 50-years-old is a government official in the Delhi government, the other three accused are employees in private companies in Ballabhgarh and Faridabad. The man who stabbed the victim has not been arrested yet, however we have got solid evidence regarding him and I am sure that we will soon nab the main culprit," Superintendent of Police, Government Railway Police (GRP) Kamaldeep said.

Read: Haryana hate crime: 1 dead, 3 injured after mob attacks youth in train

The lynching of Junaid has triggered national protests on Wednesday - in different cities, people are marching as part of a campaign called 'Not In My Name'.

Read: Haryana hate crime: Thousands pledge to march for Junaid

The protests are to call for an end to the recent spate of mob attacks, some of which have been undertaken by self-declared cow vigilantes who accused the victims of carrying or eating beef.

One man, identified as Ramesh, had been arrested by the Haryana police over the weekend. 

The mob attacked teenage boy, Junaid, after accusing him and his companions of carrying beef in his bags, was made up of about 20 people, Junaid's relatives have said.

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Junaid was traveling home from Delhi to his village of Ballabgarh in Haryana on Thursday with his brothers when the mob turned on them.

Around 20 men pulled out their knives and attacked the brothers, hurling anti-Muslim comments and claiming that one of the packets they were carrying contained beef, Junaid's brother, Haseeb Khan, had said.

On Tuesday, Haseeb was shown security camera footage of three men riding a bike in the village where Junaid was thrown off the train, about 30 kms from Delhi. One of the bikers had a bloodied bandage wrapped around his head, which led the police to believe he may be linked to the deadly assault.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has described Junaid Khan's killing as 'extremely painful and shameful' and said the government will not tolerate such attacks.

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