Man killed for opposing chawl redevelopment

24-year-old auto rickshaw driver, a resident of Radhabai chawl in Jogeshwari (East), was murdered on Tuesday night, after he refused to sign the consent form for redevelopment

A 24-year-old auto rickshaw driver was hacked to death by seven people over a chawl redevelopment dispute in Jogeshwari (East) on Tuesday night. The victim had refused to sign the consent papers for the redevelopment work over a few issues, which had stalled the progress of the work. The accused, therefore, planned to murder him, as the work had hit a dead end, said the police.

The deceased has been identified as Khijar Pasha, a resident of Radhabai Chawl in Jogeshwari (East). Following the gruesome murder, the Meghwadi police have managed to arrest six of the accused, while one of them is absconding. The arrested have been identified as Zameer Sheikh, Salman Sheikh, Raju Tanki, Mehmood Gulam, Hussain Shah, Irfan Sheikh. One Shafique Sheikh is on the run. Police said that three of the accused surrendered at the police station after the murder, while the others were arrested yesterday.

According to the police, for the last several months, the two parties had been at loggerheads over the redevelopment of the chawl. The accused were forcing Pasha to sign the redevelopment papers, but he refused.
An eyewitness, Mohammad Hussain, said, “For the last several days now, the accused were planning to kill him. They were plotting to get rid of him since the day he refused to sign
the papers.”

Police officials said that a plan to murder Pasha was made two days ago, but he got to know of their intentions and escaped from the area. On Tuesday at 8.30 pm, when Pasha returned, the accused beat him up mercilessly and stabbed him to death with choppers. The police have registered a murder case, and are on the look out for the absconding accused.

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