A 37-year-old man, Ravindra More, who had gone to meet his brother in Ghatkopar, was beaten up by 20-25 locals on Saturday evening because he was wearing shorts (chaddi) and a vest (baniyan). Locals mistook him for a member of the infamous chaddi-baniyan gang of robbers, rumoured to be active in the Ghatkopar-Mulund area.
Around 6.30pm on Saturday, More, a painter, had come to Bhatwadi to meet his elder brother. When there was no response to his knocking, More tried to peep into the house through the window, said inspector Rajkumar Kothmire of Ghatkopar police station.
“A local saw More do this and noticed he was in shorts and a vest. He presumed the worst and alerted others in the area,” said Kothmire. Before More knew it, a crowd of around 25 people had gathered and started beating him up. One hit More with an iron rod, because of which he had to have eight stitches on his head at Rajawadi Hospital. It was the police who finally rescued More.