Hundreds mourn 19-year-old Muslim youth who was killed in stone-pelting in Delhi violence

Family and relatives of Aquib Malik grieving at the funeral on Tuesday. Photo: Shaheen Abdulla/ Maktoob

Aquib Malik, 19-year-old Muslim youth who was killed in anti-Muslim violence in the northeast Delhi on Monday was laid to rest at the graveyard nearby Mustafabad Eidgah after Maghrib prayer on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of Malik, who was killed in stone-pelting.

Malik, son of Muhammed Iqramuddin lost his battle for life at GTB hospital, Delhi on Monday.

The death toll in Delhi’s violence rose to 46 on Tuesday. many fear the numbers are high as more bodies are pulled out of the drainage.

While 38 have been reported dead at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, three at Lok Nayak Hospital, four at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and one at Jag Parvesh Chander Hospital. Four bodies were fished out from the drains in Gokalpuri and Shiv Vihar areas of the antiMuslim violence-affected northeast area on Sunday.

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of Malik, who was killed in stone-pelting. Photo: Shakeeb KPA/Maktoob

19-year-old street vendor Malik, a resident of Mustafbad sustained severe head injuries as he was attacked by stones at Bhajanpura on February 24, the second constructive day of anti-Muslim violence in the national capital city that erupted by Hindutva mobs.

According to eyewitnesses, the rioters had been hurling stones at Muslims, injured more than hundreds of Mustafabad and Gokulpuri areas.

“Malik was returning home when violent mobs gathered at Bhajanpura for attacking shops of Muslims and hurled stones at Muslims. Malik hit on the head, was shifted to GTB hospital where he had undergone surgeries,” Sajid, Malik’s 17-year-old friend told Maktoob.

As violent Hindutva mobs ran riot in the Bhajanpura all through Monday, Sajid recalled the fear he underwent.

Fruit Market, a Dargah, and a petrol pump were set on fire by anti-Muslim rioters in Bhajanpura on the same day.

“Only I know how I managed to return home,” Sajid who studies in eleventh standard and a neighbour of Malik told Maktoob.

“But we lost Aquib,” tearing up when talking about Malik, Sajid said.

“Police is inadequate. They were there but not doing anything. Even they helped Hindus in attacking Muslims,” an AAP volunteer said, requesting anonymity.

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