Police inspector Ramakant Mahire from Manapada Police Station, Dombivili, said the deceased, Santosh Vichhivora, was returning from work on Monday night, when he saw five to six youths harassing a girl who reportedly stayed in the same locality as him.
Vichhivora tried to stop the youths, following which the enraged group of men stabbed him with a knife, said Mahire. He died before medical aid could be provided, he added.
Vichhivora, who lost his father a few years ago, was the sole bread winner of his family. He is survived by his sister, a Class 10 student, and his mother, who is a cancer patient, said Vichhivora’s relatives.