22, Jun 2021 | CJP Team
While returning from Delhi after Eid shopping in 2017, four young Muslim boys namely Junaid, his brother Hasim, friends Moin and Mausim were attacked in a third coach of a Mathura bound train. They were allegedly playing Ludo while sitting on the seats when some passengers asked them to vacate the area. They soon started misbehaving and abusing the boys and the four of them decided to get off the train at Faridabad.
They failed in their attempt to get out of the coach because of the rush at the railway station. The mishandling and verbal abuse allegedly continued and matters got worse when one of the assailants took out a knife and stabbed Junaid when he tried to intervene and stop them from attacking his brother and friends.
When the train stopped at Asaoti Railway Station, Junaid was thrown out of the train and was declared dead when he reached the hospital. After Junaid’s death, an FIR was registered the next day by his family members. Here is a timeline to understand the shocking events since then:
|22.06.2017||Junaid is brutally murdered by a mob while travelling in a train.|
|23.06.2017||FIR number 90 of 2017 is registered by the Police.|
|27.06.2017||The investigating agency records the statements of two eyewitnesses Yudhister and Mohinder who disclosed the names of accused Rameshwar, Pardeep, Gaurav and Chander Parkash.|
|29.06.2017||All four get arrested.|
|01.07.2017||Investigating agency seeks judicial remand of accused Chander Parkash.|
|08.07.2017||Fifth accused Naresh Kumar gets apprehended by the Police who was accused of attacking Junaid with a knife and stabbing him.|
|24.07.2017||Chander Parkash applies for bail before the Additional Sessions Judge, Faridabad.|
|28.07.2017||Accused Gaurav seeks bail before the Additional Sessions Judge, Faridabad.|
|02.08.2017||Gaurav, Chander Parkash and Pardeep are granted bail by the Sessions court.|
|19.08.2017||Accused Rameshwar Dass applies for bail before the Additional Sessions Judge, Faridabad.|
|06.10.2017||His bail plea gets dismissed by the Sessions Court, Faridabad.|
|02.11.2017||The additional advocate general falsely alleges before the Punjab and Haryana HC that Junaid’s family want to settle the matter in exchange for 2 crores and 3 acres of land.|
|04.11.2017||Junaid’s family denies all such allegations.|
|27.11.2017||Punjab & Haryana HC dismisses Junaid’s family’s plea to hand over the case to the CBI for investigation on grounds that the incident has no national or international ramifications.|
|28.03.2018||Accused Rameshwar Dass is granted bail by the Punjab & Haryana HC.|
|01.05.2018||A special leave petition is filed before the SC by Junaid’s family against this HC order.|
|03.10.2018||Naresh Kumar is granted bail from the Punjab & Haryana HC|
There has been no further progress in the case. With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, courts have heard only urgent matters, further delaying the case and exacerbating the family’s pain.