"When he fell near a nallah, Shiva clutched both his hands and begged for his life,” said Nirmala Pawar, describing her brother, who she alleges was lynched by five men at Samta Nagar in Kandivli.
Investigators said Shiva Pawar (30) — a history-sheeter with 37 cases, including housebreaking, assaulting, teasing and molestation, registered against him across various police stations in the western suburbs — was considered a nuisance in the area.
The Samta Nagar police’s remand application filed with a court in Borivli, says Pawar had just returned from the police station after being questioned in a housebreaking case.
The five men barged into his house in Wadarwada near Samta Nagar on Wednesday. They pulled him out and began beating him with bamboo sticks, injuring one of his legs. Shiva ran from the area with the fractured leg, followed by the accused, and finally stopped at an open ground, 200m away.
Witnesses said the accused continued to kick and hit him with the bamboo sticks, after which two of them smashed his head with concrete stones each weighing about 40-50 kg, leaving him bleeding profusely.
The police reached in 10 minutes, and rushed him to Bhagwati Hospital, where he was declared dead on admission, said police inspector Anant Shengde. He said the final trigger was when Pawar slapped the brother of one of the accused on Monday, after which they had been searching for him.
“The accused on that day had even got into scuffle with Shiva’s father for bailing him out every time he committed some offence,” said Shengde. On Thursday, the arrested accused, identified as Suresh Pawar (34), Ravi Shinge (20), Vivek Shinge (29) and Tanaji Shinge (37), were presented in a metropolitan court, which sent them to the police custody till June 15.