Insisting that no one has been given a clean chit, Bharatpur IG Gaurav Srivastav said Monu Manesar is among these dozen suspects the police are still collecting evidence against. “We released the names and photos of eight accused after their involvement was proved. Other than the eight accused named by cops, we are investigating the role of a dozen other suspects, including those named in the FIR. We will name them only when we have gathered required evidence,” he said.
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Monu, the leader of gau rakshaks in south Haryana, is named in the FIR, which was filed on a complaint by the families of the victims, Nasir and Junaid. They alleged Monu and his associates kidnapped and assaulted Nasir and Junaid near the Rajasthan-Haryana border on the night of February 15, suspecting them to be cattle smugglers, and set them on fire in their later to destroy evidence.
But Monu’s name did not figure in the list of eight Rajasthan Police released earlier in the week, angering the victims’ families and friends, who protested at Firozpur Jhirka in Nuh on Friday, alleging the cops were directing their focus away from Monu.
Scores of protesters, many of whom came from Ghatmeeka village in Bharatpur where Nasir and Junaid were based, blocked the Delhi-Alwar Road and the route from Firozpur Jhirka to Pahari, prompting additional deployment of cops in the area.
At the protest site, activist Waseem Akram said Nasir and Junaid’s families were unhappy with the investigation. “Rajasthan Police have so far arrested only one accused (Rinku Saini of Nuh) out of the eight. All the accused must be arrested immediately,” Akram said.
Former deputy speaker in the Haryana assembly Azad Mohammad also demanded strict action against the accused. “The government must order a judicial inquiry into the deaths of Junaid and Nasir and also Waris Khan,” he said, referring to the death of a 21-year-old Nuh resident this January. The family of Waris had alleged that he died while being chased by Monu and his group of cow vigilantes, but police said the cause of the death was an accident.
Firozpur Jhirka DSP Satish Vats said on Friday traffic was jammed for around two hours in the district due to the protest. “Police personnel were deployed and we managed to divert traffic and clear the roads after three hours,” he said.
Rajasthan cops, meanwhile, have found that the Scorpio they seized in Jind, in which Nasir and Junaid were abducted, belonged to the CEO of the zila parishad of Jind till 2020. “It was found that it was auctioned in 2020. But neither the zila parishad, nor the new buyer got the registration of the vehicle changed in record. We are collecting details of the new buyer,” Srivastav said.
Meanwhile, members of the Muslim community across the state under different banners including Rajasthan Muslim Forum organised protests and demonstrations across the state demanding arrest and stern punishment for those responsible for the murder of Junaid and Nasir in Haryana.
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