Junaid’s lynching: HC notice to Haryana, CBI on plea for independent probe

Chandigarh: In less than six months after 15-year-old Junaid Khan was stabbed to death on a train, The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued notice to the Haryana government and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on a petition seeking an independent probe into the lynching of Junaid Khan, a Faridabad youth, in July 2017.

The court acted on the petition of Jalaluddin, father of Junaid and sought responses from the CBI and the Haryana government by November 1.

The 16-year-old Junaid was killed on Mathura-bound train on June 22.

The accused, aged 30 years, was arrested from Dhule in Maharashtra in July. He was produced in a court in Faridabad and police remand was sought.

Junaid Khan was brutally beaten and stabbed to death on a local train at Ballabhgarh in Haryana on June 22 by a group of people following an argument over seats.

The murder triggered nationwide outrage.

Junaid and cousin brothers Hasim Moin and Shakir Moin had boarded the EMU train going from Ghaziabad to Mathura after Eid shopping on June 22. The accused, along with around a dozen other persons, boarded the train at Okhla and ordered Junaid and his brothers to give them their seats.

When they refused, they brutally beat the three and also stabbed them and dumped them at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district.