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Ballabhgarh lynching: Man who allegedly stabbed Junaid held in Maharashtra

#Vaw" data-image-description="<h1 class="detail-title"></h1> <div id="google-ad-border"></div> <p><span class="author">BINDU SHAJAN PERAPPADAN</span></p> <div class="detail-info"></div> <div id="topShare"></div> <div class="art-horizantal-colored"> <div id="hcenter"><img class="main-image" title="Rohtak sisters Aarti (left) and Puja interacting with the press at Indian Women's Press Corps in New Delhi on December Saturday. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat" src="" alt="Rohtak sisters Aarti (left) and Puja interacting with the press at Indian Women's Press Corps in New Delhi on December Saturday. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat" width="636" height="401" /></div> </div> <div class="photo-caption"> <div class="photo-source">The Hindu</div> <p>Rohtak sisters Aarti (left) and Puja interacting with the press at Indian Women’s Press Corps in New Delhi on December Saturday. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat</p> </div> <div class="line zero15"></div> <div id="article-block"> <div class="article-text"> <p class="body">Admitting that they did think about ending their lives because of the ‘harassment’ being mounted on them by society and the endless scrutiny that they have been subjected to, the Rohtak sisters spoke to the media here on Saturday afternoon appealing for justice.</p> <p class="body">The sisters had recently hogged limelight for thrashing three youths in a bus for allegedly molesting them.</p> <p class="body">Reiterating their faith in the Haryana Government – which earlier this month had decided to put on hold the award announced for them – the sisters, Pooja and Arti, said: “We have faith and hope in the system. The truth will prevail.”</p> <p class="body">The sisters, through women activists working with them, maintained that the police need to re-examine the affidavit and statements by some eye-witnesses who have come forward to claim that this was not “a case of eve-teasing but a dispute over giving a seat to a woman that led to the incident”.</p> <p class="body">“This is not true. The fact is that we were being harassed by the boys from the Rohtak bus stop itself. There is no truth in the story that the accused was fighting with us for getting an unwell woman a bus seat. There was eve-teasing, taunting and physical assault. The video was taken only to help us identify the boys,” said Pooja.</p> <p class="body">Rohtak Senior Superintendent of Police hashank Anand had earlier noted that the statement of all the women who have come forward has been recorded and the police also have with them the complaint of the sisters and the counter-complaint by the family of the three accused – Mohit, Kuldeep and Deepak.</p> <p class="body">The police also maintained that they are “investigating the matter and would proceed in accordance with law”. The accused have, meanwhile, been released on bail.</p> <p class="body">Speaking on behalf of the Rohtak sisters at a press conference organised by the Indian Women’s Press Corps here, All India Democratic Women’s Association general secretary Jagmati Sangwan said: “Questions are being raised about the authenticity of the incident and now we have another video surfacing about the girls being serial thrashers. People have to understand the ugly caste politics and the power struggle that women face every day in Haryana. The accused are from the upper caste and the government too has taken away the award only to appease them.”</p> <p class="body">She added that it was important that the courageous girls are recognised and awarded.</p> <p class="body"></p> </div> </div> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="wp-image-46844" src="" alt="" width="1068" height="801" />

NEW DELHI: The Haryana police on Saturday afternoon arrested the man, who allegedly stabbed 17-year-old Junaid Khan on a local train near Ballabhgarh a few days before Eid, in Maharashtra’s Dhule district.

The accused, Naresh (28), a daily wager, used to travel to Delhi in search of work. Police said he had been hiding in the Sakri locality in Dhule district, 156km from Nashik, for the past two weeks. “The Haryana police had strong information about the accused living at his relative’s house in Sakri. They came, picked up the accused and took him with them,” said M Ram Kumar, Dhule SP.

Junaid’s murder on June 22 had triggered a nationwide outrage. Police claim Naresh has confessed to killing the teenager. “We are yet to recover the murder weapon. The accused was produced in a court in Dhule and is being brought to Faridabad for further interrogation,” said S P (Haryana GRP) Kamaldeep Goel.

The accused told police that he was a resident of Faridabad. He used to work as a security guard but lost the job after some time. He was looking for work and would come to Delhi on a daily basis. He was a regular commuter of the local train on which he had an argument with Junaid and his brothers, Haseem and Shaqir.

However, Haseem told police even after the matter was resolved, Naresh and three others followed them to the next compartment and heaped communal slurs on them.

Junaid and his brothers as well as the accused boarded the train at Ballabgarh station. It was Haseem who identified Naresh and helped cops prepare his sketch. One of the three youths was identified as a factory worker in Asaoti. He had heard Haseem mention Asaoti while speaking over phone and had called his friends to the station to assist him. He took advantage of the commotion when Junaid was being taken out of the train by his brothers and fled on a bike.

CCTV footage recovered from Asaoti showed Naresh sitting pillion with two others on a motorcycle. Cops are scanning the records of the local transport authority and showrooms. About 1,000 bikes are on police radar. Efforts are on to track the three youths.

Meanwhile, the four accused arrested earlier in connection with the murder, were remanded in a two-day police custody. Police may take a ride on the fifth coach of train number 64904—from Okhla to Asaoti—to reconstruct the sequence of events.

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    The arrest of the accused by police is a positive step and the persons involved should be investigated

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