When the music stops, some people go home, some people hang around – and some crack open somebody’s skull.
On Wednesday at a Navratri pandal at Nehru Nagar, Chembur, businessman Shivaji Khorwal and his two sons assaulted Harshal Kharat because he disconnected his music system to save it from the rain.
Kharat (30) had leased his music equipment – reportedly worth Rs 3 lakh – to the local Navratri mandal. On Wednesday, he stopped the music to protect his system from the rain. Angered by this, Shivaji (50), with his sons Mukesh (25) and Bhagirath (22), allegedly hit Kharat’s skull and leg with an iron rod.
Kharat, who was being treated for a fractured skull and leg at the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Chembur, is now reported to be stable. The victim and the accused both belong to the local Sant Rohidas Sewa Samiti and live in the same area.
Kharat told the police, “The trio repeatedly abused me in front of the crowd of revellers. Then one of them got hold of an iron rod and repeatedly hit my head with it.”
Prakash Kale, senior police inspector of Nehru Nagar police station, said it was raining heavily when Kharat told the DJ to stop playing music fearing the water would damage his music system.
“The three accused ordered Kharat to continue playing the music. When he refused, they abused and attacked him. He fell down bleeding profusely, and some people rushed him to the hospital,” Kale said.
Both the victim and the accused have lodged complaints against each other.
The father and sons have been booked under Sections 34 (common intention) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Bhagirath claimed he had not demanded the DJ keep playing music, but was only trying to stay out of the rain, and Kharath had insisted he leave.
“When I refused to leave, Kharat shoved me and I injured my knee. When I limped back home, my brother and father went out to fight with Harshal. My father was injured in the scuffle,” said Bhagirath.