In an incident that highlights how vulnerable couples sitting along Mumbai’s promenades are, a 19-year-old boy was killed after four boys stabbed him when he resisted their attempts to rob him and his friend at the Bandra Reclamation promenade on Saturday night.
The police arrested the accused, Riyaz Khan, Saddam Siddiqui alias Lallan and Javed Firoz Choudhary alias Jawa, all 19, and Umaid Shaikh Dadamiya Shaikh, 18, from the Nargis Dutt Nagar slum near Reclamation.
The incident occurred near the Bandra-Worli Sea link at a spot that young boys and girls frequent, often without the knowledge of their parents.
The victim, Rushabh Balch-andra Yadav, and his friend Swati Shirke, 19, were chatting on the promenade at 9.30pm when the accused approached them. They demanded Rs100 from Yadav and asked Shirke for her purse, senior inspector Samad Sheikh said.
When Yadav refused, Khan whipped out a knife and stabbed him in the stomach. “He then hit the girl on her right shoulder to make her drop the purse,” Shaikh said.
When Yadav cried for help, the accused panicked and fled with Rs100 and the girl’s purse.
Passers by rushed Yadav and Shirke, both residents of the government colony at Bandra (East), to Bhabha hospital. Yadav succumbed to his injuries a few hours later while Shirke was sent home after treatment.
The accused have been booked for murder and robbery.