A 27-year-old fruit trader was murdered and two others were injured while allegedly trying to stop a fight between college students near Sanpada railway station on Monday.
The police said the students belonged to Oriental Education Society College in Sanpada.
The murdered victim has been identified as Sarfaraz Shaikh, while the two injured are Monish Patil and Mayur Patil.
The police said the incident took place around 4.30pm near Sanpada railway station. A student named Sagar, a resident of Wadala, along with five accomplices attacked another student Ashwin, sources said.
Though the police have not confirmed the names of the boys, they have confirmed that the college students were involved in a fight.
Deputy commissioner of police Purshottam Karad said, “When Shaikh, Monish and Mayur saw the college students fighting, they went to stop them. However, they were attacked with knives. While Shaikh succumbed to his injuries, the other two have been admitted to hospital.”
While Monish has been admitted to Millennium Hospital in Sanpada, Mayur has been admitted to Sanjeevani Hospital in Nerul.
Shaikh’s body was taken to a civic hospital in Vashi. The police said his parents are on a Haj pilgrimage,
According to Rizwan, Shaikh’s uncle, a resident of Vikhroli, “There is someone I suspect who could be involved. However, I would not like to take names right now.”
“The APMC fruit market, where my nephew worked, will observe a bandh on Tuesday in protest,” he added.
At the time of going to press, Karad said no one had been arrested or detained.