Mohammad Iqbal, a 17-year-old Muslim boy was lynched to death by an alleged Hindu mob after he was involved in a bike accident with a Hindu in the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur.
Iqbal along with his younger brother was returning from his grandmother’s house after attending a function when they met with an accident at around 10 pm on Friday, September 29 near the Gangapol area.
Iqbal endured injuries in the accident but the mob started lynching him after inquiring about his name, local media reported.
The video of the incident that surfaced on social media sites maintained that Iqbal was beaten by the mob with iron rods and sticks which resulted in his death on the spot. The mob that assaulted Iqbal included women too.
He was taken to the Sawai Mansingh Hospital for treatment where he was declared dead.
Iqbal’s family claimed that he faced death because of his religious identity, “otherwise the accident involved 2 parties’. Reportedly the other person involved in the accident was a Hindu named Rahul.
Following the lynching, communal tension sparked between the two communities in the Ramganj-Badi Chaupar area of Jaipur. Muslim shops in the area remained closed in protest. Outraged residents and family members demanded justice for the family.
After the postmortem, Iqbal’s body was handed over to the family and relatives. The family performed the last rites on Saturday evening.
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