A 25-year-old mechanical engineer from Raigad was arrested almost a week after he allegedly assaulted a his ex-girlfriend’s 53-year-old father, who succumbed to his injuries on Friday. However, the engineer has not been booked for murder for the incident that took place in Poynad town on November 14.
The accused — Avishek Bhattacharya — worked in Libya till two months ago but he had been stalking victim Sadashiv Kanchan daughter online for the past one-and-a-half year, before which they had called off their relationship. On returning to India, he began following her to college and harassing her. “Both the families stay in the same building. The accused and the girl were in a relationship earlier, but that did not work out,” a police officer said.
Exasperated, the girl, who recently turned 18, informed Kanchan about it. “The father confronted Bhattacharya on November 14 and asked him to stop harassing his daughter. He also slapped the accused when the latter replied to him arrogantly. In a fit of rage, the accused hit and pushed Kanchan, who fell on the road. He sustained severe head injuries,” said RN Raje, assistant police inspector, Poynad police station.
One of their neighbours spotted Kanchan lying unattended on the road and informed his family. He was rushed to a civic hospital in Alibaug, where he went into coma. After he was shifted to a hospital in Navi Mumbai, he died of brain haemorrhage on Friday.
The police arrested Bhattacharya just after Kanchan’s death. But they have booked him for culpable homicide and not for murder. A case under sections 325 and 323 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC was registered. After his death, section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) was also added.
“It was not Bhattacharya’s intention to kill Kanchan. The man died of head injuries, which Bhattacharya did not plan. Thus, we have not booked him under 302 (murder) of IPC,” Raje said.
The Bhattacharyas are natives of West Bengal, but they have been staying in Raigad for the past several decades now. The police have not found any criminal record of the accused so far. He was produced before the judicial court and remanded to police custody till November 24.