Junaid stabbing: GRP says knife found, accused sent to 5-day police custody
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Junaid stabbing: GRP says knife found, accused sent to 5-day police custody

Junaid khan and his brothers were stabbed on board the Mathura-bound train on June 22 after an argument over a seat turned ugly.

delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2017 23:06 IST
Prabhu Razdan
Prabhu Razdan
Hindustan Times
Junaid Khan, who was stabbed last month.

The main accused in the Junaid Khan stabbing to death case, Naresh Kumar, was on Tuesday produced in a local court which sent him to more five-day police custody again .

The Government Railway Police (GRP) claimed to have recovered the knife allegedly used for stabbing Junaid and his brothers on board the Mathura-bound train on June 22. “ We took the accused on Monday to the Shivaji bridge market in Delhi where he had purchased the knife and also the place at Jatola in Haryana’s Palwal district where he had thrown it after the incident,” GRP superintendent of police (SP) Kamaldeep Goyal said.

“As we are yet to recover the T-shirt he was wearing at the time of the incident. During the interrogation, he revealed that it is in his room at Maharashtra’s Dhule for which we sought five-day police custody which was granted,” a GRP official said.

Officials said the knife was recovered from a pond at Palwal’s Jatola village. “The family members of the victim were present in the court when the accused was produced today after his two-day police remand ended today,” Nibrash Ahmed, lawyer representing Junaid’s family, said.

Now, the GRP will take the accused to Maharashtra to recover the T-shirt.

Meanwhile, the accused’s family members, who had called the panchayat of villagers on Monday evening to discuss the issue, formed a committee which announced to hold a mahapanchayat at Bhamrola village on Thursday. The committee has demanded a CBI probe into the circumstances which triggered the June 22 incident.

“Yes, we have decided to hold a mahapanchayat of several villages on July 13,” said Virender Sehrawat, sarpanch of Bhamrola where the main accused lives. The family had not hired any lawyer to defend Naresh even as sources said the government had provided them legal aid.

“When there is none to hear our side, whom should we approach in such a one-sided hostile atmosphere created against us,” Naresh’s brother Suresh Kumar said.

“We are very poor, doing small jobs. Our father is a retired armyman. I too was in the same train but in a different bogey. We feel isolated as the dispute over seat was given communal colour,” Suresh had said earlier. Sources said the GRP is making two persons witnesses who had given Naresh a lift after he deboarded the train at the Asoti railway station on June 22. He had stayed in the house of his relative for an hour and then left for his village.

First Published: Jul 11, 2017 23:04 IST