Mukim Khan’s (17) murder destroyed several lives in one stroke. As his parents mourned their only son’s death, his classmate Aamir Shaikh’s (19) family struggled to come to terms with the arrest of their only son for the murder.
Aamir and Sarfaraz Shaikh (19) have been accused of murdering fellow Rizvi College student Mukim by bashing his head in with a stone or hammer and then dumping his body in a gutter in Kalina.
Mukim’s father Akbar, a taxi driver from Khar, could not hold back the tears as he said: “I was ready to pay the Rs 2 lakh ransom the kidnappers had demanded to keep my son alive. But even before I could tell them that, my son was killed,” said Akbar at Cooper Hospital, Vile Parle, where he had gone to collect Mukim’s body on Tuesday. “My family is waiting at the Juhu burial ground for a last look at my son. From now on, I will pray for a harsh punishment for Mukim’s killers in every namaaz I offer,” he said.
At their Golibar home, Aamir’s family was inconsolable too. His father Siddique, a cloth merchant, claimed Aamir had in fact been helping the police after Mukim went missing. “Aamir helped the police get the call list of Mukim’s phone. He is intelligent and likes to study. He would never kill a friend with whom he ate and prayed,” said Siddique.
A pall of gloom hung over Rizvi College, Bandra. The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) science practical exams were on, but few students indulged in last-minute revisions. Instead, they hung around in groups, discussing Mukim’s murder.
“We read about it in the newspapers today. We were shocked to learn that our friends could be involved in such a crime. The three boys were fast friends. Sarfaraz and Mukim had been close since the beginning of college. Although they were good students, they were not regular in college,” said Satlam Khan, a Class 12 science student. “The three were not very social either.”
Mukim attended his biology practical exam on February 12, but was marked absent in the next two exams — chemistry on February 14 and physics on February 16. Sarfaraz and Aamir, though, gave their exams on all three days.
According to SGA Zaidi, the principal, the three were intelligent and had never gotten into any trouble before. “Mukim scored 71.53 per cent in his SSC, while Sarfaraz scored 70 per cent and Aamir 78.04 per cent. The three did well in their first-year junior college exams too,” said Zaidi.
Zaidi was cautious when asked whether Sarfaraz and Aamir would now be allowed to give their board exams. “I would allow them to write their exams only if the police and the court allows them to,” he said.