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Jamia Nagar activists hold candlelight vigil in memory of Ankit

Some activists of Okhla-headquartered Khudai Khidmatgar organised a candlelight vigil in memory of Ankit Saxena who was stabbed to death by family members of his Muslim girlfriend over inter-faith affair in West Delhi’s Khyala area on Thursday evening.

The photo of the event was shared by one Dr Kush Singh on the social media.

Police arrested girl’s father Akbar Ali, mother Shahnaaz, and uncle Mohd Salim on February 2 and they were produced before a court which sent them to judicial custody, said a report.

The 16-year-old brother was apprehended and sent to a juvenile home, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Singh was quoted by The Indian Express as saying that the argument was over “Ankit’s alleged relationship with a 20-year-old woman from the minority community.”

“The girl’s family had been threatening Ankit to end relationship with their daughter. We were informed of the incident by the hospital after his body was taken there,” Vijay said.

Eyewitnesses told police that Ankit’s mother who was trying to pacify them, just watched in horror, as her son was murdered.

CAPTION: Photo by Dr Kush Singh Khudai Khidmatgar

The murder in public led to tension in Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar but things are under control as security was stepped up in the locality, according to reports.

Ankit’s father Yashpal Saxena sought justice for his son and told NDTV: “I don’t want any inflammatory statements.
I feel very saddened by what happened, but I don’t want anyone to create a hostile environment against Muslims. I have nothing against any religion. Yes, those who killed my son were Muslim…but every Muslim can’t be branded for this. Don’t use me to spread communal tension, don’t drag me into it…I appeal to everyone not to link this to religion and vitiate the atmosphere.”

He demanded death sentence for those who killed his son.

“We want justice. Murderers of my son should get death sentence. I am an ordinary man and I have no resources to fight the case. If Delhi government helps us in getting best advocates and making a strong case, I will be thankful,” said Ankit’s father.

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