The police have arrested an alleged drug addict for the killing of a 23-year-old resident of Saki Naka in Kurla West last week.
Vikas Isave was also attacked when he came forward to rescue his friend
Neeraj Singh was hacked with a chopper and his friend wounded allegedly while resisting a robbery on Thursday night.
After the friend, Vikas Isave (32), identified the attacker as Kamran Siddique, whom he had seen in the locality before, the local police and crime branch officials launched a manhunt for him (mid-day had reported the incident, 23-year-old killed while trying to save phone from robbers on May 28).
Crime branch officials nabbed him near JJ Hospital in Nagpada on Saturday and handed him over to the Ghatkopar police.
Looking for a fix
Siddique told the police that he was a drug addict and needed money on Thursday to get himself another fix.
When he spotted a mobile phone in Singh’s hand, he snatched it, hoping to sell it and buy more drugs.
When Singh put up a fight, an armed Siddique attacked him and Isave with a chopper, and fled the spot.
Yukub Mulla, police inspector of Ghatkopar police station, said Siddique is a resident of Kamani in Kurla.
“He was produced before a magistrate court and has been sent to police custody till June 4. We are also checking police and narcotics records to find out if he has any previous record.”
Booked for murder
Siddique has been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death) of the Indian Penal Code.
Neeraj Singh, along with two friends, Vikas Isave (32) and Tejas, was headed to a mobile shop at 10.30 pm on Thursday in Kurla, when a man snatched his mobile phone. When Singh put up a fight, the man assaulted him with a chopper and escaped. Singh died of excessive bleeding.