Hindu youth lynched by a Muslim mob in Capital; Neighbours say killed for taking Ram’s name
Deceased Rinku Sharma
A 25-year-old young man, Rinku Sharma, was brutally murdered in New Delhi on Wednesday night. As per his family, Rinku’s Hindu activism and links with Hindu organisations was the reason.
Rinku lived in K-block Mongolpuri. His brother Manu has filed a complaint with the local police chief, dated February 11, that a few locals named Tajuddin, Islam Jahid, Mehtab, Nasruddin, Nasruddin’s wife Shama and his two brothers, Mehtab’s father and Shama’s two brothers, together attacked his house around 11 pm on February 10. They had come armed with knives and rods.
Rinku’s parents and a neighbour named Akash Goswami sustained injuries.
The family somehow took Rinku to Sanjay Gandhi hospital, but the mob reached there too. Jahid was seen with a knife, the complaint concludes.
Manu’s complaint says that Rinku was an active participant in fund collection drives for Ram Temple reconstruction in Ayodhya. He would also attend the Hanuman Chalisa recitation at the local market regularly on Tuesdays.
The police however have told the media that the attack happened after a spat over a birthday party in the afternoon of February 10.
The Times of India has quoted an unnamed “senior police officer” as saying that “a scuffle had ensued during a birthday party that was attended by both the accused and the victim”.
NDTV too has quoted an unnamed police officer to say that “so far, during the investigation, it has surfaced that the quarrel started during a birthday party over shutting down of a restaurant”.
Similarly, Hindustan Times too has quoted an unnamed police officer to say that “the murder took place around 11 pm after Danish and Rinku had an argument at a birthday party in their neighbourhood where they both had been invited”.
However, the neighbours dismissed this as a “cover-up” by police.
Neighbours said that the accused family is into “sattebaazi” (gambling) and close to AAP. They also said that the family is close to a criminal named Tajuddin, but the police were trying to shield him.
Swarajyamag, which is the basis of this piece, says that Rinku was associated with Vishwa Hindu Parishad. And that their correspondents found Rinku’s house bolted from inside when they reached there on Friday morning. Relatives informed that Rakhi Birla, legislator from Mangolpuri associated with the Aam Aadmi Party, was speaking to family in private.
As per the report, some activists insinuated that the AAP MLA could have been “tutoring” the family. That the killers were volunteers for AAP, they alleged.
A video of a distraught Manu, speaking to the media after Rinku’s death, shows him saying that the Muslim group had been after the family ever since a spat broke out over a recent rally for Ram temple.
A video of Manu’s mother speaking to Sudarshan news channel shows her saying that her son died over “Jai Shri Ram” slogan. “Jai Shri Ram ke chakkar mein maara gaya mera baccha,” she is seen telling the channel, adding that the Muslim family would object to Jai Shri Ram slogans raised outside their house.
Another video of Manu’s father Ajay Sharma, who looks inconsolable, shows him telling the channel that his son died for being a Modi supporter and a Ram bhakta.
All these statements talk of no birthday party or a related scuffle.
Asked if Rinku would participate in rallies for Ram temple in the lane and if that caused tension, a neighbour Prem Devi said, “Yes he did. But why is that a problem? Can we not take Ram’s name in our own country?”
Mayawati, an elderly woman in the street, reached out to several reporters with cameras, her voice choking. “They will kill us all. They will kill us one by one. The fear has increased a lot now. A lot. The boy was killed for taking Ram’s name,” she said, visibly shivering.
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