In an incident of mob fury, a 23-year-old man was beaten to death by a group of BEST bus commuters as they suspected him of being a pickpocket.
Vijay Kumar Tripathi (23), was admitted to Sion Hospital, where he was in a coma for two days. He died on Friday afternoon.
On Wednesday evening, Tripathi (23), had boarded bus number 369 outside Kurla (E) station.
“I was issuing tickets when suddenly one of the passengers started screaming ‘chor chor’ and began beating up Tripathi. The other passengers soon joined in the assault,” Rahul Anpat, the bus conductor told Hindustan Times.
Anpat added that the passengers had reportedly caught Tripathi while trying to steal someone’s wallet.
When the bus reached near the Kurla signal, the driver halted the bus to check on the matter.
But when Anpat tried to locate Tripathi, the passengers said that the pickpocket had fled.
“When the bus reached near Chembur Camp, Anpat spotted Tripathi sitting quietly on the backseat with severe bleeding from the right side of his head,” said Inspector Suryakant Sawant, Nehru Nagar police station.
“The bus staff then ferried him to RCF police station around 9 pm where the police officials took down his name and address and rushed him to Sion Hospital,” Sawant said.
Following a complaint by the bus conductor, the police officials initially registered a case of attempt to murder.
But after Tripathi died of a blood clot in his brain, the commuters who were involved, but who are so far unidentified, were booked for murder.
Sawant said: “As per the address given by Tripathi, we tried to locate his house in order to get in touch with his family but the address turned out to be fake.”
No one has claimed the body yet.
“We will question bus drivers and conductors who operate in Kurla and the passengers who commute regularly on that route,” Sawant said.