Eve-teasing proved almost fatal for a 24-year-old Govandi resident who was allegedly beaten up in Antop Hill on Thursday.
With bruises over his body, owner of a welding shop in Antop Hill Asgar Ali approached the police, claiming that locals had beaten him up. The police registered his complaint and admitted him to Sion Hospital.
“Locals said that Ali had many friends in the locality. On Wednesday, when he was in the area, he had teased a girl who resides in the vicinity,” said Senior Police Inspector S. Devkar.
A day later, Ali was at a tea stall with his friends when about 10 men accosted him and took him along.
“The men, who were armed with sickles, choppers, hockey sticks and stumps, beat up Ali brutally till he fell unconscious,” said Devkar.
A case of attempt to murder and rioting has been registered against the assailants and the police have launched a manhunt for them, he said.
According to Ali’s brother, Rumi (30), local goons attached to a political party had beaten up his brother when he tried to stop them from threatening locals. “The goons always trouble local residents with weapons,” said Rumi. “When Ali tried to stop them from harassing innocent shopkeepers, they attacked him with choppers and hockey sticks.”
“Though we have identified the men, they have not been arrested yet as they are absconding,” said Devkar.
The police said they are trying to find out who the girl is whom Ali had teased. “We will record her statement to verify if she had been teased by Ali,” said Devkar.
Ali, who has sustained head and spinal cord injuries, has been admitted to the intensive care unit.
The police have, however, refuted the claim that the men were affiliated to any political outfit. “They were all local residents,” said Devkar.