The delegation was led by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind vice-president Prof. Mohammad Salim Engineer.
The delegation met the two victims’ brothers and other family members and expressed their sympathy with the victims’ families. The delegation also visited the village Eidgah where villagers have been staging a protest since February 15, demanding immediate arrest of all the accused persons and compensation of Rs one crore to each of the two families of Junaid and Nasir.
“We support the villagers’ protest and express our solidarity with the victims’ families. We demand justice for the victims’ families and adequate compensation for the two families to be given by the Rajasthan government. JIH is solidly standing with them for justice and will take all possible steps to ensure that victims’ families get justice and no such incidents are repeated in the future,” Prof. Salim said in a media statement.
Prof. Salim also condemned those who are protesting in favour of the accused persons involved in the murder of the two youths. He appealed to Rajasthan and Haryana state governments to cooperate with each other in the investigation of the case and bring the real culprits to justice as per law and the Constitution.
The villagers told the delegation that a gang of criminals had been operating openly and involved in criminal activities for many years in the Mewat region of Haryana and Rajasthan. The family members and other villagers alleged that the role of the Haryana police was dubious and disappointing. The villagers also alleged that the Haryana police protected and supported the criminals.
Villagers also alleged that the lynched victims were taken to the Firozepur Jhirka police station by the criminals themselves. Still, the police neither accepted the injured victims nor arrested the criminals. They alleged that the Haryana police allowed the criminals to leave with the victims in serious condition. Later on, the charred bodies of the victims were found in a burnt Bolero car in the jungles of a village in the Bhiwani district of Haryana.
“This is shocking and surprising that a section of the Haryana police is directly involved in such kind of activities and crimes against Muslims of the Mewat region,” said Engineer Salim.
Though Rajasthan police have acted and registered an FIR and arrested an accused, seven accused are yet to be arrested. Hence the family members and villagers are not satisfied with the action of the Rajasthan police also. Therefore, the villagers demand that all the real culprits be arrested and punished.
Prof. Salim demanded legal action against officials of the Haryana police on duty who allowed the criminals to drive away with the injured victims and later set them on fire in their car.