A 16-year-old boy was arrested by Oshiwara police for murdering another youngster after a brawl on Wednesday night. The two attended the same tuition classes. Cops say the victim a student of Al-Itihadd Urdu High School in Jogeshwari (West) was killed after he warned the accused that he would bring his frequent absence to the notice of the instructor.
According to police officers, Irfan Abdul Qureshi, the deceased, was a Std IX student and went to the coaching classes at Vikas Nagar in Jogeshwari. On Wednesday, when the accused, who was weak in studies, reached the tuition centre, Irfan intercepted him and threatened to complain to the teacher about the fact that he had been bunking classes for the past two days.
Sources say Irfan, who was studious, would time and again advise the accused to attend classes regularly to prepare for exams, but the latter never paid heed. Irfan and his other colleagues finally got irritated and they started teasing the alleged offender about his habit of bunking classes.
On January 9, a group of students had gathered at a popular meeting spot inside a school ground ahead of the tuition classes. When Irfan reached there, the accused blocked his way and punched him. Witnesses say that the fight turned ugly as both boys were hitting each other. “At one point, Irfan was struck hard on the chest and he fell unconscious,” said an officer from Oshiwara police station. “When I noticed that no student was in the class, I went outside and saw the boys fighting.
However, before I could reach the spot, Irfan had collapsed,” said Abdul Jabbar Shaikh, the tutor, who informed the police and the victim’s parents. Irfan was taken to Nanavati hospital where he was declared dead. Police officers arrested the accused and sent him to Dongri Children’s Remand Home.
“The boy has been apprehended for murder,” said Dilip Rupawate, senior inspector of Oshiwara police station. “We are trying to find out how a fight between two boys led to Irfan’s death. We are also recording statements of locals to establish why did they not intervene,” added Rupawate.