New Delhi, Nov 03: The family of 15-year-old Junaid Khan, who  was stabbed to death on a local train at Ballabhgarh in June this year, wanted a ‘compromise’ in the murder case, the Haryana government told the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday.

Additional Advocate General Deepak Sabharwal, representing the state govt, also accused the kin of seeking Rs 2 crore and demanding 3 acres of land from the culprits to settle the matter.

However, Junaid’s family dismissed the government’s claim and termed it a rumour, reported leading daily Indian Express.

“They (Junaid’s family) want to compromise. The security provided to them was returned, and now two gunmen have again been deputed for their safety. He (Junaid’s father) has also refused to accept summons from the police,”Indian Express quoted Additional Advocate General as saying. Sabharwal said that Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) had informed him that Junaid’s family wants to delay trial court proceedings and wants to take money to reach a compromise. (Also Read: Junaid Khan Lynching Case: Judge Says Senior Government Lawyer Assisting The Counsel of Accused)

“These are slanderous allegations. I did not want to sensationalise the case. A man has lost his son. It (the statement) is adding insult to injury,” the Indian Express report quoted advocate R S Cheema, representing Junaid’s family as saying.

Junaid Khan was brutally beaten and stabbed to death on a local train at Ballabhgarh in Haryana in June by a group of people, following an argument over seats. The murder triggered nationwide outrage.

Junaid and cousin brothers Hasim Moin and Shakir Moin had boarded the EMU train going from Ghaziabad to Mathura after Eid shopping on June 22. The accused, along with around a dozen other persons, boarded the train at Okhla and ordered Junaid and his brothers to give them their seats. When they refused, they brutally beat the three and also stabbed them and dumped them at Asaoti railway station in Palwal district.