Ballabhgarh lynching: Police obtain CCTV footage, start raids in Asaoti village
Five days after a youth was allegedly stabbed to death and three others seriously injured after a scuffle on a Mathura-bound train, the police are still looking for “significant clues” for a breakthrough in the case.
The police on Tuesday also began raids in Asaoti village and are now questioning tea stall owners and vendors in the station area to ascertain the identity of the men. “We suspect that the accused are from Asaoti village. We expect to make the arrests soon,” a police officer said.
It is only after four days of the incident that police accessed CCTV footage from cameras installed across Asaoti village. The police till Monday had not raided the village where the victim Junaid and his brothers were thrown off the train and where they suspect the accused belong from.
In a CCTV footage recovered from a bank in the area, it has become clear that the attackers were locals of Asaoti. The footage shows three men—two wearing red shorts and one in blue — on a bike.
When the footage was shown to Junaid’s brother Hashim, an eyewitness in the case, he told the police that the men bore resemblance to the people who had attacked them. Sources revealed that the men on the bike had reportedly parked their bike near a tea stall and then took a train to Delhi for work. On their return, they got down at Asaoti village and then picked up the bike from the tea stall again.
Though the police suspect that the alleged attackers were in touch with others in Asaoti village, they have not yet bothered to access the dump data between Ballabgarh and Asaoti, which will give them the location of all mobile numbers active in the area at that point of time.
The dump data also helps in analysing which phone number was used for how long and if the frequency of calls increased at a particular location. So if the men would have used their phones to make panic calls to their associates after the incident, they can be easily identified.
When contacted Government Railway Police superintendent Kamaldeep Goyal confirmed that they accessed the footage from the village and had received relevant clues. He said that they were “working” on the leads. He had no answers as to whether the dump data or any call detail records had been accessed. “We are working on it,” he said, refusing to reveal any further details.