Ankit Saxena’s grieving father doesn’t allow son’s murder to become a communal issue
The unfortunate daylight murder of a 23-year old youth, Ankit Saxena, shocked the entire capital. A budding photographer, he was full of life and enthusiasm and was looking forward to a bright professional life. But his life was cut short by a murder that should be condemned by all.
Immediately, in the aftermath of the murder, there were reports of communal tension rising in the locality where the boy and his family lived a quiet life. Many people thought that the murder was the most opportune fodder to ignite the communal fire in an atmosphere of already charged communal tension.
Nonetheless, the communal tension was diffused by a magnanimous father who had just lost a young son. Instead of becoming an instrument in the hands of the media and communal elements to further the tension, he did something that not many people expected from a grieving father.
Yashpal Saxena, whose son Ankit Saxena was stabbed to death by the Muslim family of his alleged girlfriend (Shehzadi) criticized the media for trying to raise communal tension. He openly expressed his displeasure over the TV channels trying to milch the unfortunate incident to increate their TRP and turn an incident into a communal flashpoint.
It must have been a very tough thing for a grieving father to see his son’s death being turned into a communal issue. This is the reason that when Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari visited the home of deceased Akit, his father told upfront, “I had a son. If I get justice, it’s good. If not, even then I don’t have hatred against any community. I have no such (communal) thinking. I am unable to understand why media is showing this issue in that way”.
He went on toadd, “They (media persons ) come and talk to me so softly and lovingly but show something else on TV. My relatives, neighbors come and tell me about what is being shown on TV channels. They are using words like ‘premi’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Mazhab’ and twisting facts. All are making just stories,”
It should be made clear here that Ankit Saxena, 23, a photographer by profession, had been in a relationship with Shehzadi, 20, for the last three years. “The woman’s family was against their relationship as they belonged to different communities and had told him to end it,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Vijay Kumar, said. The attack took place around 9 p.m. and was reported to the police by a hospital staff, the police said. Ankit’s father Yeshpal Saxena said it was a case of honour killing as the accused were carrying knives and had planned to kill his son.