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Builder attacked in court

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Unidentified men slit his throat, flee

A builder based in Seawood was attacked and his throat was slit by two unidentified men inside the Judicial Magistrate First Class court in CBD Belapur on Monday.

The incident took place when Narendra Patel (32) went for the hearing of a civil dispute case, in which he is the applicant. “At 12 p.m., he visited the washroom on the fifth floor of the court when unidentified men attacked him from behind and slit his throat,” said Tushar Doshi, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch.

In the scuffle, the accused dropped their knife and fled. Mr. Patel then made a WhatsApp video call to a friend who was present on the court premises. With the help of the NRI police at the court, the friend rushed Mr. Patel to Apollo Hospital.

Mr. Doshi said, “He is out of danger and has given his statement. We have registered a case with the CBD Belapur police. There is an ongoing case with the Economic Offences Wing-II, where Mr. Patel is the complainant and the accused are two real estate agents, who are in jail. Mr. Patel alleged that the accused in the case might have planned the attack.” The lack of CCTVs on the court premises has hampered the probe.

Mr. Patel had lodged a case against Prabhakar Mhatre (45) and Lavesh Jadhav (35) after being cheated of ₹1.45 crore by them in a CIDCO plot deal. The accused threatened to kill Mr. Patel at his office before being arrested in November 2017. “Mr. Patel has seen the face of the accused,” Mr. Doshi said. A case against the accused has been registered under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

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