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Mumbai: 26-year-old beaten up and dumped into nullah with ‘420’ engraved on head


In a bizarre incident, a 26-year-old man was brutally beaten up and before dumping the victim in a nearby nullah. The eight accused also engraved ‘420’ on the victim’s forehead. The incident took place on Sunday night, when eight people brutally attacked the victim in Narpol, Bhiwandi. On Tuesday, the victim died at KEM hospital.

According to a report in Mid-Day, the incident took place over a property dispute. According to the police Balkrishan Sonne (victim), worked as a driver, was living with his parents in Naresh Nagar, Narpoli. The Sonne family have three blocks in a chawl which has became obstacle to a recently developed property, right behind the chawl. Apparently, the family had refused to sell the blocks to the developer Jitendra Tekle.

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The victim’s father told Mid-Day that, after refusing the developer, the latter, on February 12, had send goons to attack the family. After that incident, the family filed a complaint with the Narpoli Police Station. The accused were arrested, and later granted bail. The victim’s elder brother, Ganesh said that, Balkrishna had gone to Pune for some work, and the family had no idea that he had returned back. On Sunday night, the police informed the family that Balkrishna was attacked and was dumped in a nullah, after which the family rushed Balkrishna to Indira Gandhi Hospital, but was later asked to shift to KEM.

Senior inspector of Narpoli Police Station, SD Jadhav has confirmed that the family had earlier been attacked. And that they arrested the accused in February. The court then granted them bail. The inspector added that all the eight accused had been booked under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon) and 326 (voluntarily causing hurt). The police have so far made two arrests in the case.

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The Sonne family has alleged that the police had demanded money from them. One from the family has alleged that an officer asked Rs 25,000 to settle the issue. Another police officer added that investigations on the family’s allegations are going on.