Fourteen people, including nine minors, were arrested on Wednesday for the murder of Sarfaraz Shaikh, 28, a trader.
Shaikh was killed on Monday, when he allegedly tried to stop a fight between college students near Sanpada railway station. Some of the students were from Oriental College of Sanpada, the police said. Two others, Monish Patil and Mayur Patil, who also attempted to stop the fight, were injured in the incident.
While the minors have been sent to a juvenile remand home, the other accused — Nitin Singh, 18, Padamsen More, 21, Imran Khan, 23, Dinesh Piwal, 21, and Nilesh Pandagle, 21, — have been remanded to police custody till December 12. The accused have been charged under IPC section 302 for murder along with rioting.
While most of the accused are students, Khan is a tailor.
Deputy police commissioner (DCP) Purushottam Karad said Prashant (name changed), 16, an eleventh standard student of Oriental College had befriended a girl from the same college two months ago. This led to problems between him and Sagar (name changed), 16, a Wadala resident, who was also in love with the girl, Karad said.
On November 26, Prashant and his friends allegedly assaulted Sagar, who had come to Sanpada to confront Prashant.
Sagar returned on Monday with his friends. “The boys attacked Prashant when he came to the area. Shaikh saw Prashant, who is not well built, being beaten up and hence rushed to save him,” Karad said.
The police said Shaikh got hold of Khan, which prompted More to stab Shaikh with a knife. “Following this Sagar and his friends fled. But we caught them from their homes in Wadala and Sion Koliwada,” Karad said.