Family of Junaid Khan Rejects Media’s Beef Twist And Says Altercation Was Over Seat

Updated on 6 Sep, 2017 at 3:13 pm

On Eid when all the Muslims were meeting to celebrate and exchange the greetings, a family met for the condolence of their son. What can be more heart-breaking than to lose a young son who was not guilty of anything.

Junaid Khan, who was only 15, was stabbed on board a Delhi-Mathura train on June 22. Though media reports claimed that he was killed over an argument over beef, the family refuted the claims.

Hindi daily Amar Ujala reported that the family has clarified that the argument which ended in the death of Junaid started over the seats on the train.


Junaid’s family members. Wikimedia Commons

A bunch of passengers boarded a train from Delhi to Mathura and attacked three boys, including Junaid, following an altercation over seats.

The argument got intense and Junaid was stabbed. He later died in the Civil Hospital at Palwal. As per the post-mortem report, Junaid died of the deep stabs sustained in his arms.


Junaid at Civil Hospital, Palwal. Wikimedia Commons

His brother Hashim was travelling with him as they were returning from Haryana to Delhi after the shopping of Eid. He said that the actual trouble started when a group of 15-20 people boarded the train from Okhla station and argued over vacating a seat.

On investigation at platform number 4 where the incident happened, no-one turned up as witness to the crime. Ashok, who owns a tea-stall just opposite to the platform number 1 said, “I saw a crowd of 200 people gathered at platform number 4”.

Ashok revealed that he saw “two bodies being rushed into the ambulance”.

“Let me not lie. There was a crowd of 200 people. I did not go to platform number 4. But I clearly saw the crowd. There were two bodies and they were taken into an ambulance. Both the bodies had blood all over. I cannot tell the nature of the injuries. My wife was also with me,” he said.


Saira, Junaid’s mother. Wikimedia Commons

The insensitive part was that the entire episode took place in the crowded train and still no one offered to help. What is equally insensitive is that a section of the media gave it a “beef” twist to sensationalize the incident even while both the family and the Government Railway Police saying that it happened over a seat.