The Maharashtra Police arrested Chetan Kumar, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) who killed four people, including an ASI official.
Tragedy unfolded on the railway tracks on Monday aboard the Jaipur-Mumbai Central Superfast Express near Palghar railway station in Maharashtra when a Railway Police Force (RPF) constable shot dead his senior and three other passengers. The incident became a controversial security issue, as all the three passengers killed were said to be Muslims. The passengers who have been murdered have been identified as Abdul Kadarbhai Mohammed Hussain Bhanpurwala, a resident of Nalasopara in Palghar and Asgar Abbas Sheikh of Madhubani in Bihar. The third victim is yet to be identified. In addition, the ASI officer murdered was Tika Ram Meena.
During the interrogation, Chetan Kumar confessed to his crime and has been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC.) Furthermore, an official investigating the matter said, “Kumar first shot dead RPF Assistant Sub-Inspector Tika Ram Meena and another passenger in B5 coach with his automatic weapon after 5 am. He then shot dead another passenger in the pantry car five coaches away and went on to kill one more passenger in S6 coach, which is the eighth bogie from the B5 coach.”
Speaking of why Chetan Kumar killed his senior, the First Information Report (FIR) mentioned that, the constable Chetan Kumar had reported that he was unwell due to which he wanted to be relieved from duty few hours before his shift ended but as his seniors insisted on completing his duty, it agitated him. The reports also suggested that Chetan Kumar was mentally unstable and was suffering from some major mental health issues.
However, many opposition parties and netizens took the communal angle of the violence and said to be a Godi (Modi) Government influence amongst Hindus, provoking to kill Muslims.
Asaduddin Owaisi, the President of the All India Majlis E Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) termed it as a “terror attack targeted at Muslims.” He took to ‘X’ formerly known as Twitter and said it is the product of continuous anti-Muslim hate speech and the “unwillingness” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put an end to it.
The tweet of Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi read, “This is a terror attack that specifically targeted Muslims. It is the product of continuous anti-Muslim hate speech & unwillingness of @narendramodi to put an end to it. Will the accused #RPFJawan become a future BJP candidate? Will his bail be supported by the govt? Will he be garlanded when released? Happy to be proven wrong #JaipurMumbaiExpress.”
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