Ballabgarh lynching: Men who were wrongly held led to the main accused
Two men whom the police had initially suspected for the murder of Junaid Khan, provided the first important clues to the police that led to the arrest of the main suspect in Dhule.
A CCTV grab from outside the Asaoti railway station, where Khan and his brothers were thrown out, showed three men leaving the station on a bike.
One of the men matched the description of the knifeman who had stabbed Junaid.
A police team traced the bikers and called them for questioning. During questioning, the two youths said they had given lift to a ‘man in his 30s wearing a blue shirt and carrying a bag’ outside the Asaoti railway station. They had dropped him on the main road. Building up from the information, the police team finally managed to arrest him from Dhule in Maharashtra.
Though the police withheld the suspect’s name as his test identification parade has not been conducted, officials did say that the 32-year-old alleged killer did not have a permanent job and previously worked as a security guard at a private company. He travelled regularly by this train to look for a job in Delhi.
Junaid’s family said they are satisfied with the arrest.
Though the incident happened in front of many passengers inside a train, police have not found any eyewitnesses, apart from Junaid’s brothers.
“I heard the news about the arrest of the main accused from Maharashtra. I was told he is being brought to Faridabad. I am yet to be informed by the police,” Junaid Khan’s father Jalaluddin told HT.
Jalaluddin said that after performing his son’s last rites, he had met the police officers and requested them not to arrest any innocent person to bury the case.
Jalaluddin said he would accompany his son Hashim and look at the face of the man, who allegedly took away his son.
A senior officer said Junaid’s interrogation will help police connect the missing dots in the investigation. The main accused, described as someone with a muscular built, was the most aggressive among the mob.
Residents of Khambi village in Palwal, from where four accused hail, held a mahapanchayat last Sunday against what they alleged is arrest of innocent youths.
Khambi villagers threatened to launch an agitation at Jantar Mantar if the main accused was not arrested and ‘innocent youths released.’
“We have confidence in our youth. They cannot commit such a crime. That is why we have been urging the state government to arrest the main accused and set the innocent youth free,” said Nityanand Sharma, leading the 60-member committee to protest the “false arrest”.