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Ankit Saxena’s murder: Months after murder Saxena family hosts Iftaar for communal harmony


Ankit Saxena was stabbed to death 4 months ago by the family of his Muslim girlfriend in west Delhi’s Raghubir Nagar, his father Yashpal Saxena organised an iftaar gathering for 200 people to send out a message of love and peace. Back then when attempts were made to communalise the young man’s death, Mr Saxena’s appealed to all was not to make any “inflammatory statements”.

“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,” Saxena had said.

The charge-sheet has been filed and the hearing will take place in July for four people who were arrested after the young photographer was attacked and stabbed by his girlfriend’s parents, uncle and 14-year-old brother on a road near his home as they objected to their relationship.

Several authors, activists and neighbours gathered in the lane next to the Saxena’s house. Fruits, biryani and soft drinks were served by 7 pm.

Besides Ankit’s friends who helped Saxena make all arrangements, Dr Kafeel Khan, who was charged with the death of infants at a hospital in Gorakhpur last year and recently walked out of jail, was among the attendees on Sunday. He was seen greeting the family and applauding Saxena’s endeavours to promote peace.

“I feel overwhelmed. I am grateful to all those who attended the event. A lot of people discouraged me, but I wanted to send out a message of solidarity and peace through this iftaar gathering. I lost my only son and this is for him,” Mr Saxena told NDTV.

The Saxenas and Ankit’s friends have also started a trust to help inter-faith couples get married.