CHANDIGARH — The last and main accused in the country’s first running-train lynching case also got bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court here on Wednesday. 16-year-old Hafiz Junaid Khan was beaten to death by a group of co-passengers in a Delhi-Haryana local train two days before Eid last year.
The police had arrested six people in connection with the daylight brutal lynching of Junaid on 22nd June 2017 but four of them got bail even before the police filed charge-sheet.
“Police had arrested six people for killing Hafiz Junaid but even before filing the chargesheet in the court, they (police) had helped them (accused) get bail from the Faridabad court,” said Shakir, elder brother of Junaid.
Another main accused got bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court last month. And the last accused Naresh Kumar got bail today.
Talking to Caravan Daily over today’s development, Shakir said: “We are sad and losing hope of justice. Now all the accused are out on bail, they will influence witnesses and it is unlikely that we will get justice.”
Kumar is facing various charges under Sections 298 (uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person), 323 voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 341 (wrongful restraint), 301 (culpable homicide), 302 (murder) and other provisions of IPC before the trial court.
His bail plea was earlier rejected by a sessions judge.
The proceeding in the trial court was stayed by the Supreme Court.
Junaid and his two brothers were returning from Delhi after doing Eid marketing on 22nd June 2017. They were travelling in a Delhi-Mathura train on way to their home in Ballabhgarh. After some arguments allegedly over their Muslim look with some co-passengers, some of them stabbed Junaid repeatedly and he died. His two brothers were also assaulted by the mob.
Victim Family Yet To Get Compensation Announced By CM In 2017
After huge uproar in the media and the political circles over the lynching of Junaid, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the victim family. More than one year has passed, they are still awaiting the help.
In December last year, CPI-M Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat had written to the Haryana CM seeking compensation to the victim family and she had reminded him of his announcement.
“We have not yet got the compensation announced by CM Khattar. It is around one and half years,” said Shakir.
In the last four and half years, dozens of people have been lynched in the name of faith – cow slaughter and beef consumption. Most of the incidents of lynching have occurred in BJP-ruled states including Rajasthan, Haryana, Jharkhand, Assam and Uttar Pradesh.