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HC notice to Haryana, CBI on plea for independent probe into Junaid’s killing

Petition alleges that the police deliberately acted with undue haste because the crime had attracted huge nationwide outcry.

delhi Updated: Oct 26, 2017 08:11 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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A file photo of Junaid, who killed on an EMU train on Delhi-Ballabhgarh stretch in Haryana.(HT Photo)

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 high 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 petitioner father has stated that all the witnesses’ statements were deliberately distorted to introduce “ambiguity, discrepancies and contradictions” so as to benefit the accused.

The stab injuries to two accompanying Junaid and his lynching was motivated by deep rooted communal hatred against the community of the victims, the petition said.

“The investigating agency (police) has carried out a seemingly casual and shoddy investigation. However, beneath the surface it becomes clear that the power and functions of investigation have been subverted in a calculated manner (to favour accused)…,” the petition states.

It has been argued that the conduct of the accused and others as a lynching mob has been concealed and projected as if the occurrence /events were sudden. The police deliberately acted with undue haste because the crime had attracted huge nationwide outcry, the petition said.

“To achieve this nefarious objective, false witnesses were introduced, statements of real witnesses were arbitrarily recorded without actually eliciting information from them and material evidence been not taken into record,” the petition states.

First Published: Oct 25, 2017 23:27 IST