New Delhi, June 25: In a major development in Ballabhgarh lynching case, an accused has admitted that his friends made remarks about the four Muslim youths being beef eaters. The accused who was arrested by the police on Saturday confessed the same to TV channels. A 16-year-old Muslim boy, Junaid, was beaten and then, stabbed to death on-board a Mathura-bound train on Thursday.

The man said that he had gone to Palwal for some work and joined his friends only at Ballabhgarh. He also informed that he was in an inebriated state. The victim, his brother Hashim and three others – Moeen, Shaqir and Mohseen – were on their way home in Ballabgarh. They were allegedly called unpatriotic and anti-national and were accused of carrying beef. However, the police denied that beef had anything to do with the incident. But, the police informed that they have filed FIR under sections related to deliberate intent to harm the religious feelings of a person. They initially registered a case of murder, hurting with a dangerous weapon and criminal conspiracy. The man was questioned and other four people involved have been detained.

Kamaldeep Goyal, superintendent of police, GRP, Ambala Cantt, said to TOI, “We have identified a few men and have recovered some of the weapons that were used in the attack. But we will reveal the details once more arrests are made. According to the accused, there were four-five others who had helped him in attacking the youths.” He also added that they were probing the role of policemen who were present at Ballabgarh station after allegations that they ignored distress calls the boys who were accompanying Junaid.