- Ravi Shankar Prasad says Junaid's killing 'extremely painful, shameful'
- If anyone indulges in violence, law will have to do its job: Mr Prasad
- Junaid was killed by a mob on a train from New Delhi to Mathura
The minister said that investigations were on into the mob murder of the young boy Junaid Khan and that a reward has been announced for those who help with the probe. "It's very unfortunate that someone who was intoxicated - through him this was carried out...Our government will not tolerate this," he said.
The government, Mr Prasad said, "is very clear that if anyone indulges in violence, then the law will have to do its job. If someone commits a murder, the law is very strict - you can face capital punishment or be imprisoned for life. So the need is to enforce the law with honesty." He also condemned the mob killing of a senior police officer outside a mosque in Jammu and Kashmir capital Srinagar last week.
The minister pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said to those "who indulge in violence in the name of gauraksha (protecting the cow), hit me instead." PM Modi had said last year, "Fake gau rakshaks have nothing to do with cows. They want to foment tension in the society. Find out who these fake gau rakshaks are and take tough action against them."
While Junaid was stabbed to death, one of his brothers, Shakir, has injuries on the throat, chest and hands, police said. One man has been arrested on Saturday and Haryana's Chief Minister ML Khattar has said efforts are on to arrest more of the attackers.
"The fight started over seats. We are looking into the matter and we have arrested one of the accused who is a 35-year-old old man from Haryana," Ajay Kumar, a railway police official said.
In their village in Haryana today, adjacent to the national capital, there was no Eid joy. Residents offered prayers in black bands to protest against Junaid's murder. His family has disputed the police's claim that a dispute over seats led to an altercation.
"My son was targeted because of his religious identity," said Junaid's father Jallaludin Khan.
Attacks by cow vigilantes on people they accuse of carrying beef or smuggling cows have been on the rise. In April, a Muslim dairy farmer was lynched in Rajasthan for allegedly smuggling cows.
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