Mumbai: 2 detained for assaulting pot seller for refusing a cigarette on credit | Photo: Pexels
Shivaji Nagar police have arrested two youths for allegedly mercilessly assaulting a 46-year-old pot stall owner with a bamboo stick and a cricket bat for refusing to give them cigarettes on credit. Police charged the defendants with attempted murder.
The defendants were identified as Zafar and his brother Alfaz Shaikh, both residents of Shivaji Nagar.
According to the police, the victim Mubarak Ali Dhuniya (46 years old) runs a pot stand in his locality. The accused often visits the victim’s pot stall. At around 10 a.m. Tuesday, while Dhuniya was at his stall with his son (17), Zafar had visited Dhuniya’s stall and asked for a cigarette on credit. Dhuniya refused to comply with his request, after which Zafar beat and abused him and left from there after snatching a cigarette.
“Around 2 p.m., Zafar again visited the victim’s store, this time with Alfaz. They again created a ruckus over the issue of Dhuniya not giving cigarettes credit. Alfaz took a cricket bat from some children who were playing near the stall and assaulted the victim, while Zafar assaulted Dhuniya with a bamboo stick,” a policeman said.
Police said a huge crowd gathered at the scene and then Dhuniya was rushed to a private hospital where he was admitted to an intensive care unit. Dhuniya’s son then approached the police and filed a criminal complaint after which the police arrested the suspects.
The defendants were charged with attempted murder, punishment for willfully causing injury, acts committed by several people in pursuit of a common intention, intentional insult with intent to cause a breach of the peace and punishment for criminal intimidation.
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