Two Delhi government employees are among the four accused arrested in the Ballabhgarh lynching case, police told The Times of India on Thursday. The staffers have been identified as a 31-year-old health department inspector and a 50-year-old Delhi Jal Board official.
Police said the four accused, who were arrested in Khambi village, had verbally abused the victim and instigated the mob to attack Junaid and his brothers. “The case stands solved and we are taking measures to ensure that the other accused are arrested at the earliest,” Haryana Director General of Police B S Sandhu told reporters.
On June 28, Haryana police had arrested the four accused for the killing of Junaid, a minor who was stabbed to death on board a Mathura-bound train on June 22 while returning from Eid shopping. One other person, identified as Ramesh, had been arrested earlier.
Junaid and three of his brothers had boarded a local train from Delhi’s Sadar Bazar Station. A fight broke out between some passengers and the brothers over seats. The incident allegedly turned communal after a mob repeatedly called the brothers “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters” and threw their skull caps on the floor. Junaid was killed in the fight, while his brothers were hospitalised with stab wounds.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had condemned the murder on June 20 and said efforts were on to find all the accused. Junaid’s family was given Rs 5 lakh in compensation by the District Red Cross in Faridabad on June 25. The Waqf Board chairperson had also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and a job to one of Junaid’s brothers, PTI reported.
The Ballabhgarh lynching, along with similar attacks across the country, triggered a nationwide campaign under the umbrella Not in My Name protests on Wednesday.