Stealing a colleague’s lunch cost a 24-year-old his life. The police arrested the killer, Mohamed Fakir, 40, on Sunday.
The dead man, Faizan Ansari, and Fakir, had been working at the Taj Mahal bakery in the Malwani area of Malad (West) for the past two months. While Ansari was a worker in the bakery, Fakir, who is physically challenged, was a cook.
The motive behind the murder was that Fakir had caught Ansari stealing a colleague’s meal, police said. "Fakir had prepared a meal for all staff on Friday afternoon and one of them decided to eat later. Fakir caught Ansari stealing that colleague’s lunch and confronted him. The duo got into a verbal spat," said Abdulrauf Shaikh, senior inspector.
Late that night, Fakir stabbed Ansari with a knife and when his colleagues woke up, he threatened everyone and fled. The police traced Fakir to Virar.