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Ankit Saxena murder case: Political heat gathers as AAP, Congress make a bee-line at victim's residence

AAP MP Sushil Gupta, local MLA Girish Soni and Congress leader Mahabal Mishra arrived at Saxena's residence today to express support but the family was not at home.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: February 04, 2018 15:01 IST ]
23-year-old Ankit Saxena was stabbed to death on Thursday night

The political game started to heat up around the murder of Ankit Saxena on Sunday as AAP and Congress leaders made a beeline at his residence to express support. 

Saxena, a 23-year-old professional photographer, was allegedly killed by his girlfriend's family after a fall out on Thursday night. The woman's family opposed her relationship with Saxena as the two belonged to different communities, according to the police.

Special forces had to be deployed in Khayala as the tension prevailed after the murder. However, the locals have denied any communal angle in the story. 

Today, AAP MP Sushil Gupta and local MLA Girish Soni arrived at his residence to express support but the family was not at home. The victim's family left to pay respects at Haridwar, the girl has been sent to Nari Niketan and few relatives who lived nearby have moved away. 

Gupta, however, met the neighbours and assured that the family will be given monetary support and culprits will be brought to justice. CM Arvind Kejriwal was due to visit the family today but cancelled the plans after Ankit's father informed him of their plans to visit Haridwar, he said. 

Former Congress MP Mahabal Mishra, who also visited the Saxena's residence said that strict measures should be taken to ensure communal harmony in the region. 

Earlier on Saturday, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari questioned Kejriwal's 'silence' over the matter. Tiwari, who met the victim's family earlier in the day, said that it was sad to see such incidents in the national capital. "The silence of the chief minister and several NGOs in the matter indicates that these people speak on issues only when it suits their political interests," Tiwari charged.

During the meeting, Tiwari informed the family about the arrangements his party was making for the treatment of Saxena's mother, who was injured in the attack on her son.

"The family has made several attempts to seek medical assistance by calling on ambulance service telephone No. 1008 but they got no help. Delhi government made no arrangement for the treatment," the Delhi BJP alleged in a statement.

The police arrested the woman's father, mother, uncle and her minor brother in connection with Saxena's killing. “Three accused—the mother, father and uncle of the woman—have been sent to judicial custody. Her minor brother has been sent to the juvenile home,” a senior police officer said.

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