Chander Prakash, one of the accused in the killing of 15-year-old Junaid Khan in a Mathura bound train on June 22 was granted bail by a Faridabad Court earlier this week.
According to Indian Express, Additional Sessions judge YS Rathor dropped the charges of IPC section 34 (common intention) against Chander Prakash, stating that “the applicant did not share any common intention with the main accused, namely Naresh, in committing the murder of deceased… and for attempting to commit murder of the other victims”.
“Investigation and trial will take sufficiently long time to conclude. Nothing is to be recovered from his possession and further detention of the applicant is thus not required,” the order said.
Notably, 15-year-old Junaid Khan was returning home with his friends Hasib, Shakir, and Mohsin in a Mathura-bound passenger train after Eid shopping from Delhi on June 22 when they were attacked by a violent mob inside the train.
The boys were accused of carrying beef, and were brutally assaulted. All four were thrashed all the way from Tughlakabad (in Delhi) to the Ballabhgarh railway station and were attacked with sharp-edged weapons and later thrown out of the train at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district.
Junaid succumbed to his injuries in a hospital. His three friends were injured, two of them critically, and were under treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences Trauma Centre in Delhi.
Earlier on 28 June, Haryana Police arrested four accused in the case along with Prakash. All of them accepted their involvement in the mob but refused to the claims of attacking the victims. The main accused Naresh Kumar was arrested by Haryana Railway Police from Dhule district of Maharashtra on July 8.
The deceased’s family however is not satisfied with the dedication police has shown in handling the case, according to Junaid’s father the boys had recognised Prakash as one of the main culprits, and the police has been biased in letting him go.