Group of unidentified people assaulted Std XII student with iron rods, choppers outside his college on exam day; assailants showed up at hospital to finish off the job
An 18-year-old boy was stabbed by over 10 people outside his college last Friday, allegedly at the behest of a girl he spurned. A group of unidentified people assaulted Shahnawaz Khan, a resident of Vikhroli Parksite, outside Vidya Niketan Junior College, Nityanand Nagar, Ghatkopar, where he is a science student in
Std XII. His condition is critical, cops said.
Critical: Shahnawaz Khan is battling for life at Rajawadi Hospital
According to Khan's uncle Ejaz, five months ago, a girl from his college made overtures to Khan. But since he did not want a relationship, he rejected her proposal.
"The girl was interested in him and would express her feelings openly, but he always turned her down. A few days ago, as Khan was on his way back home from college, the girl took away his ID card, so he went over to her, took the card back, and slapped her lightly on the face," Ejaz said.
As it turned out, he had to pay heavily for that.
According to Khan's statement to the police, on October 21, he got about 15 calls from one of the girl's friends in the morning, asking him to meet them near the skywalk in Ghatkopar. He had an exam that day, and he declined the invitation.
Around 3 pm the same day, as he was leaving college after finishing the paper, he saw a girl in a burqa point him out to a group of over 10 people. Once they saw him, they charged at him and started pounding him. He was assailed with choppers, iron rods and boulders, he said.
After roughing him up badly, the group fled the spot, while Khan's friends rushed him to Rajawadi hospital, where he is battling for life.
"We have registered a case against all the unknown accused and the girl under Sections 141 and 143 (unlawful assembly), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (prosecution of a common object), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt), and 326 (grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means)," said an official from Pant Nagar police station.
Cops refused to disclose more details or confirm anything. "We are still investigating the case and are close to arresting all the accused," the official added.
Foiled sneak attack
Acording to cops, late on Saturday night, a group of people showed up at Rajawadi hospital, where Khan is admitted in ward number 40. They got in and asked a nurse about "an injured college boy". But she saw that they were hiding wooden rods under their clothes, and alerted security guards. Before they could show up, the boys fled the hospital.