A teenager was killed and three of his friends injured in an attack by a group of persons in a train in Haryana, the Government Railway Police said on Friday. The deceased was identified as Junaid, 16, of Khandabali village in Haryana's Ballabhgarh. His friends too are said to hail from the same village. The GRP said the crime occurred on Thursday night when Junaid, Hasib, Shakir, and Mohsin were returning to their village on a Mathura-bound passenger train after shopping at Sadar Bazaar in Delhi.
According to media reports, the murderous attack followed rumours about beef
eating by the victims.
The attackers repeatedly called us "anti-nationals" and "beef
eaters", threw our skull caps on the floor. They caught our beards and taunted us with terms such as "mulla", the four injured to Hindustan Times
However, there is a vast difference in the police's version of events.
In his police complaint, Hasib said at least 15-20 persons boarded the train at Okhla railway station and asked them to vacate seats for them.
He said the group abused them and uttered communally coloured comments when they refused.
"We were thrashed all the way from Tughlakabad to the Ballabhgarh Railway station," the 20-year old complainant said.
Hasib said a mob attacked them with sharp-edged weapons and threw them out of the train at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district of Haryana.
He said the attackers too deboarded and fled while no one from among the onlookers came to their rescue.
The GRP said Junaid succumbed to his injuries at a Palwal hospital. His three friends received serious injuries.
Condemning the attack, Northern Railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma told IANS: "It is condemnable. The Government Railway Police is looking into the matter."