Shockingly, the Shivaji Nagar police have only registered a case of accidental death despite several eyewitness accounts suggesting otherwise.

Mumbai : A 24-year-old man, identified as Sabir Ali, was crucified on a tree, dragged on the streets with a wood strapped to his shoulders and beaten to death on Saturday night by a rickshaw driver. His crime: suspected robbery.

 Meanwhile, instead of registering a murder case against the accused, the Shivaji Nagar police registered a case of accidental death. A source from Rajawadi hospital, however, confirmed to FPJ that the death was due to the brutal assault.

 According to the family of the deceased, Sabir, a mechanic by profession and a resident of 90 Feet Road, was at his home on Saturday night when his friend Amjad Shaikh, a rickshaw driver, called him for a ride. A bloodied Sabir only returned home the next morning complaining of chest pain. “I was on my way to admit Sabir to Rajawadi Hospital when he succumbed to death in the rickshaw,” said Hamid Ali.

 While the reason behind the assault is not clear, the friends of the deceased believe that Amjad doubted that Sabir had stolen a battery from his rickshaw.

 The family of deceased has now refused to take possession of Sabir’s body from Rajawadi hospital until a murder case has been registered in this case.

 The Shivaji Nagar police have apparently chosen to ignore several eyewitnesses who claim they saw Sabir being drugged by Amjad before being dragged on the streets of Shivaji Nagar with a wood tied on his shoulders. Amjad was later tied to a tree and flogged mercilessly.

 R S Aggarwal, Senior Police Inspector of the Shivaji Nagar police station said, “We are waiting for the post-mortem report to find out the reason behind the death. Then only can we decide what action must be taken whereas till Tuesday accidental death has been registered under section 174 of IPC.”

 When Additional Commissioner Quaiser Khalid was informed about the case, he said he will look into the matter right away.

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