Six people have been arrested by Malegaon Police thus far in the murder of a 20-year-old youth in the area on Thursday evening. Kamruddin Qureshi, alias Amin Goli, was murdered by 6 people following an argument, Times of India reported.
Shabuddin Shaikh Raees, Istiyak Khan Abdul Gafur Khan, Shaikh Asif Shaikh Maksood, Shaikh Shoaib Shaikh Maksood, Shaikh Wasim Shaikh Yunus and Salman Khan Zakir Khan have been arrested by the Police. All of them are residents of Malegaon. A manhunt has been launched for another accused who is believed to be on the run.
Reportedly, on Thursday evening, Kamruddin got into an argument with the group following which he was threatened with murder. When he told his mother about the fight after returning home, his mother barred him from leaving the house. However, he managed to give his mother the slip and rushed out.
He was accosted by the group near the Kallu Stadium Road where he was attacked with sharp weapons. He suffered grave injuries to his head, neck, back, hands and stomach. He was declared brought dead upon reaching the hospital. The accused, meanwhile, have been remanded to six-day police custody.
In recent times, we have seen such crimes being used to perpetuate a certain narrative. In the current instance, if the accused had belonged to the Hindu community with all other factors remaining constant, another wave of the ‘rising intolerance’ charade would have hit the country.
The now-defunct Hate Crime Watch database by factchecker.in would have certainly considered it a hate crime had the perpetrators been from any other community. But since the perpetrators were from the same community, there hasn’t been much noise around it. Such crimes reveal the duplicity behind the narrative surrounding hate crimes in recent times.