Passengers aboard a Mathura train killed a man and injured three of his companions during a fight over seats on Thursday. Reports had earlier claimed the man was killed because they were suspected to have been carrying beef.

The four men – Junaid, Hashim, Moeen and Mohseen – had boarded a local train from Delhi’s Sadar Bazar station around 5.30 pm on Thursday after shopping for Eid. They were heading back home to Haryana’s Ballabgarh, an official from the Government Railway Police said.

The men said that a large group around 15 men had boarded the train and asked Junaid and his cousins to vacate their seats, which they refused to do. Sanowar Khan, Junaid’s cousin, told, that the group made communal remarks about the four men and got into an argument with them. The group of four had also tried to get down at Faridabad, but were unable to because the train was too crowded.

Once the train reached Ballabgarh, the second group of men tried to stop Junaid and his cousins from getting off the train, and got into a physical fight in which they used knives. Other cousins of Junaid’s were also waiting at Ballabgarh station to pick them up. Three of them – Junaid, Hashim and Mahroob Shaqir – sustained critical stab injuries, and Junaid died later. The other two are in a hospital in Palwal.

Sanowar Khan clarified that his brothers were not carrying any meat on the train. “The fight started because of seats and got worse because they passed communal remarks. They were carrying no meat with them,” he told

An FIR has been filed and the police have registered a case of murder and criminal assault. They have not made any arrests so far.