A young man, exchanging marriage plans and sweet nothings with his lover on the Carter Road seafront, was killed on Sunday night — all apparently in the name of the god of love.
Three people walked into their privacy on the windswept rocks, asked for a donation for Gokul Ashthami (Lord Krishna’s birthday), and when they refused to pay, one of the intruders stabbed 22-year-old Rohit Jadhav thrice in the abdomen. His 18-year-old girlfriend called up her friends and the police, who took Jadhav to Bhabha Hospital. But, by then Jadhav had died, and so did their plan to get married in a couple of months. The girl said the killers had remembered to snatch her gold chain before leaving.
V.N. Choubey, deputy police inspector of Zone IX, said “It was dark and the girl told us that she had not been able to see the men clearly. Since the girl cannot give an exact description, it is difficult to draw their sketches. It is possible that the goons and Jadhav picked up a fight after he refused to give them donation. There is also a possibility that Jadhav had enmity with them.”
“He had no bad habits and was a very simple boy,” said his distraught mother Shalini.