Mumbai: Residents mistake two labourers for chaddi banyan gang, beat them

The duo, clad in boxers and vests, had stepped out to urinate when a Mira Bhayandar building’s watchman confused them with the infamous criminals

With the infamous chaddi banyan active in Mira Bhayandar area recently, the residents mistook two labourers clad in boxers and vests for gang members on Sunday and pounded them brutally. The labourers had stepped out to urinate when security guards of a residential building started beating them with the help of residents.

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One of the labourers being thrashed by the residents. Pic/Hanif Patel
One of the labourers being thrashed by the residents. Pic/Hanif Patel

The duo was hospitalized for two days for their injuries. It was when the police reached the spot and interrogated them, that they realized the misunderstanding.

According to police, one of the victims identified as Abhizul Noor Islam (26) had stepped out to urinate with Taurikul Zameer Ali (21) behind Sandstone residential apartments in the area. Both of them were wearing boxers and vests. “Ali left early and returned home, however when Islam didn’t, one of the roommates identified as Himadul Khairullah Mandal went looking for him. As soon as he saw Islam loitering in the area, he called out to him, which made the watchman suspect and he then called all the residents,” a police officer from Kanikia police station requesting anonymity said.

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Last week, the chaddi banyan gang had attacked the building but the watchman stopped them from doing much harm. “Suspecting Islam and Mandal could be the member of chaddi banyan gang, since they were wearing similar clothes, the watchman called the locals and assaulted them,” added the officer.

The duo’s identity was revealed once the cops reached the spot. “They are labourers at an under construction building near Laxmi Park and were taken to Shatabdi Hospital after the incident. While Mandal got seven stitches in his leg while Islam ended up with several internal injuries,” said an officer.

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Kanakia police have filed a case against around 25 people under Sections 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 143 (being a member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (Punishment for rioting) and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code.

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