A 40-year-old man, believed to be mentally unsound, attacked several passers-by with a knife at Bhiwandi on Thursday.
The incident occurred around 9 am near Bhadod pipeline. Officers from the Shantinagar police station said the accused, Deepak Yadav, had a spat with someone who called him names.
An argument ensued between the two and soon other passers-by also began ridiculing Yadav, calling him a madman. An enraged Yadav then began attacking them with a knife and injured seven people.
“He had a squabble with someone and then attacked the people on the road with a kitchen knife. Further investigations are on,” said senior police inspector Subhash Diwekar.
Ali Hassan Khan, 40, was on his way to work when Yadav allegedly attacked him. “He attacked me from behind and then went on to attack other people,” said Khan. Khan sustained injuries to his hand.
Another victim, Rauf Sheikh, was hit on the head. “When I tried to stop him [Yadav] from hitting me on my head again, he slashed my hand. He seemed to be mad. Why would anyone start attacking unknown people on the road,” said Sheikh.
Two other victims — Vikas Waghmare, 30 and Mahendra Magi, 32 — also sustained injuries on their hands. Locals beat up Yadav before police officials caught him and brought him to the police station where a case was registered against him under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
The injured were taken to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Bhiwandi.
While three of them were discharged after treatment, four were shifted to Thane Civil Hospital. Yadav, too, has been admitted to Thane civil hospital.