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Hammer man strikes again

The hammer man who attacks victims in the western suburbs on their heads and robs them of their possessions, has struck again, reports Megha Sood.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 01:18 IST
Megha Sood

The hammer man who attacks victims in the western suburbs on their heads and robs them of their possessions, has struck again.

The victim, Sommaiya Abbas Barmare, a 15-year-old, who was attacked on October 31 regained consciousness in a hospital room on Tuesday and narrated the attack to the police. 

Based on his version, the police say the modus operandi is similar to that of hammer man who has attacked two victims in the last three months.

The Standard X student of the Farooque School is currently recuperating in the nursing home. Police, though, had earlier lodged a case of assault prior to Sommaiya waking up as nobody realised how she was attacked. 

On the fateful day, Barmare was on her way to her tuitions. As she got down of the autorickshaw that escorts her daily from her residence in Jogeshwari, she started walking towards the entrance of the building number 14 of the Amrut Nagar area.

She saw some person standing on the ground floor but she did not pay attention and walked ahead. "As I reached the entrance, the boy ran upstairs passing me but I did not suspect a thing. When I reached the first floor I saw him rushing down. I gave him a side glance but he came and stood in front of me blocking my way," said Barmare.

"Before I could scream for help he took out something from his back and hit me hard on my head repeatedly. I fell unconsciousness," added Barmare.

For around two hours the girl lay on the stairs unattended before her friends from her tuition spotted her and informed her family.

"When we reached the spot we saw that she was laying in a pool of blood with her bag missing, which had around Rs 700 that she had been gifted on Eid, and a hammer lying beside her. In the beginning, we thought that she had a fight with somebody and therefore we registered a complaint of assault with the Goregaon police," said Salma, the victim's mother.

The Goregaon police on Tuesday recorded the statement of the girl and are investigating the case. "We had earlier registered the case as the motive of the case was not know. But now after the girl told us the entire story the modus operandi appears to be similar to the one employed by a boy who had attacked a doctor three months back in DN Nagar area. On the description given by the girl we are preparing a sketch and also verifying it with the DN Nagar police, said Ashoke Ingole," Senior inspector, Goregaon police station.

When contacted crime inspector Pradeep Suryavanshi of the DN Nagar police station confirmed that the hammer man was still absconding.

Email megha.sood@hindustantimes.com

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