Two of the victim’s friends have been injured as well; the accused later turned himself in to the police
A brawl with a drunk youth over parking space proved dear for an auto rickshaw driver from Mulund. The drunken 24-year-old sliced the 42-year-old driver’s finger with a chopper, after a heated argument. While the accused fled from the scene of the crime last Thursday, he surrendered to cops on Monday.
Auto rickshaw driver Bhagwan Appa Kengar, whose ring finger was sliced in the brawl. Pics/Rajesh Gupta
According to the Mulund police, rickshaw driver Bhagwan Appa Kengar, a resident of Mulund’s Hanuman Pada, returned home around 11.30 pm last Thursday and wanted to park his auto at his usual spot opposite Shivayi Rahivashi Mitra Mandal. However, he couldn’t do so, as the accused had parked his bike there.
Rakesh Rajput alias Mataru
“The bike belongs to Rakesh Rajput alias Mataru, a local. I asked him to take his bike aside so that I could park my auto as I regularly do. However, Rajput didn’t do so, hence I parked my auto right behind the bike and went home,” Kengar told the police in his statement.
Auto rickshaw driver Bhagwan Appa Kengar returns home on Thursday night and goes to his usual spot to park his rickshaw and sees Rakesh Rajput’s bike in the middle. Illustration/Uday Mohite
After some time, Rajput arrived at Kengar’s residence and asked him to come out of the house. When Kengar came to the spot where he had parked his auto, Rajput started verbally abusing him. A heated argument ensued and then Rajput pulled out a chopper from behind and attacked Kengar.
Kengar asks Rajput to move his bike so he can park. Upon hearing Rajput’s refusal, Kengar parks his rickshaw behind the bike and leaves
“In an attempt to save his life, Kengar resisted the attack with his left hand, and his ring finger got chopped. Kengar’s friend came to his rescue and ended up sustaining some injuries on his hands. Rajput fled from the scene and Kengar was rushed to the Mulund General hospital,” an officer said.
Rajput arrives at Kengar’s home and asks him to come out. In the middle of a heated argument, Rajput pulls out his chopper knife; and Kengar’s ring finger gets sliced as he tries to protect himself
After Mulund police were informed about the incident, a case was registered and cops launched a manhunt. “On Monday, Rajput arrived at the police station, following which he was placed under arrest. He was produced in a local court and was remanded in police custody till May 12,” said inspector DB Shelke of Mulund police station.
Kengar’s friends come to his rescue but end up sustaining some injuries. They rush him to the hospital and Rajput flees the scene
Police have invoked Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code against Rajput, who was reportedly drunk at the time of the incident. He later showed remorse and surrendered. His father has passed away and he lives with his mother. Rajput is a small-time estate agent and has no previous crime record, the police said.