Junaid Khan’s lynching: A timeline of his case since 2017 The family awaits justice on his fourth death anniversary

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:

Date Incident
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.


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