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Tried to stop him from robbing an auto driver: murder accused

Five including a policeman arrested for death of repeat offender in Ghatkopar

The five people arrested for the alleged murder of a 25-year-old Ganesh Mhaske have claimed during interrogation that while trying to stop Mhaske from robbing an autorickshaw driver, they ended up killing him. Among the five accused was Shyam Ayare, a suspended police sub-inspector with the Mumbai Police.

Mhaske was found lying lifeless in a sewage drain at Sainath Nagar in Ghatkopar around 1.30 a.m. on Thursday. Eyewitnesses, who had seen him get attacked, gave the police the licence plate number of the car in which the accused escaped. The police tracked them down to Dapoli in Konkan by Thursday evening.

According to the Ghatkopar police, Mr. Ayare was last posted with the Kherwadi police. He was on his way to Dapoli to bring his sister to Mumbai and the other four accused, who are his friends, were accompanying him.

“The accused have claimed that they were passing through Ghatkopar when they saw Mhaske, a repeat offender with a history of armed robbery, try to rob an autorickshaw driver at knifepoint. They stopped their SUV and rushed to intervene. A scuffle ensued during which they snatched the dagger that Mhaske was holding, told him to leave the spot, and started going back to their vehicle. Mhaske, according to them, did not heed their words,” an officer with the Ghatkopar police said.

The accused have further said Mhaske, who seemed to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, ran after them and demanded his dagger back, which made the matter worse.

“Mhaske was physically weak due to his well-known drug addiction. When he challenged them, the accused rained blows and kicks till he fell to the ground, and then threw him in the sewage drain. They said they did not even know that they had killed him,” the officer said.

The five, which included a hired driver, were arrested on Friday morning and charged with murder under the Indian Penal Code. The police are trying to recover the dagger, which the accused claimed to have thrown away on the way.

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