Ju­naid’s killer: Short, mus­cu­lar, broad jaw­line

LYNCH­ING Cops pre­pare sketch on vic­tim’s brother’s de­scrip­tion; Hashim says he kept on plead­ing but the man was on a killing spree

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA - Ananya Bhard­waj ananya.bhard­waj@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

He is about 5 feet 6 inches tall, mus­cu­lar, clean­shaven with a broad jaw­line. He did not wear spec­ta­cles and ap­peared like a gym en­thu­si­ast. That is all what is known about the al­leged elu­sive killer who at­tacked 16-year-old Ju­naid Khan and his broth­ers on a Mathura-bound train on Thurs­day last week, trig­ger­ing na­tional out­rage.

It has been a week since the in­ci­dent, but the man who al­legedly mur­dered Ju­naid and stabbed his broth­ers — Sakir and Hashim — is still on the run.

The po­lice have ar­rested five per­sons in con­nec­tion with the case. They have been booked for mur­der, at­tempt to mur­der, wrong­ful con­fine­ment and de­lib­er­ate and ma­li­cious acts in­tended to out­rage re­li­gious feel­ings or any class by in­sult­ing its re­li­gion or re­li­gious be­liefs.

Ramesh was ar­rested on Tues­day. Chan­dra Prakash (50), Gau­rav (31), Ramesh­war (29) and Pradeep (22), who were ar­rested on Thurs­day, are in po­lice cus­tody and will be ques­tioned. They told the po­lice they made com­mu­nal slurs but de­nied killing Ju­naid.

Hashim on Wed­nes­day gave a full de­scrip­tion of the al­leged killer to the po­lice and got his sketch made, which will be used to trace him.

“He was wear­ing a half­sleeved shirt. He had a very nice build, like that of a per­son who goes to the gym ev­ery­day. His face was round but his jaw­line was broad and sharp. He was fair, had a heavy voice and was talk­ing in Haryanvi,” Hashim re­called.

“He did not wear any spec­ta­cles and did not have a tat­too. He was not wear­ing usual pants but was in a pair of shorts and also car­ried a black bag with him,” he added.

The di­alect, Hashim said, ap­peared to be from their area, mak­ing it clear that he was not an out­sider. He told the po­lice that he had seen a sim­i­lar look­ing man in Pal­wal a few days ago, work­ing out in a gym.

“He looked very sim­i­lar to the man I saw in the gym the other day but I am not cer­tain if he was the same man. This man was so strong that he was able to hold Ju­naid de­spite his re­sis­tance. He got so vi­o­lent that he kept say­ing ‘pakdo inko aur meri taraf phenko’. And the peo­ple fol­lowed his di­rec­tions,” Hashim said.

“I kept plead­ing but he was on a killing spree. He butchered my brother and then came for us. His as­so­ciates held us by our arms. I can never for­get his face and will iden­tify him the mo­ment I see him,” he said.

Deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Mo­hin­der Singh con­firmed that the po­lice were us­ing the sketch to trace the al­leged killer. “Hashim told us he had a round face and a nice build. With his de­scrip­tion, we got a sketch made which we will send to our raid­ing par­ties. We are tak­ing Hashim along for raids. He will take him on the jour­ney from Sadar Bazar to Asaoti in all trains ply­ing on that route. We sus­pect the ac­cused is a lo­cal so he may be us­ing a train to com­mute,” he said. “

“We will take re­mand of the four men we have ar­rested and ques­tion them on the se­quence of events. Though they claim that they do not know the man who stabbed the broth­ers, we will ques­tion them,” he added.

Ju­naid Khan

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