A 15-year-old schoolboy and his 21-year-old brother were arrested after they beat up and stabbed 21-year-old Vinay Makwana for allegedly objecting to being teased about his complexion.
The incident took place at an Andheri video game parlour on Monday, when a spat broke out after the minor made remarks about Makwana’s skin colour.
According to the MIDC police, the fight started at around 4.30 pm when Makwana was playing video games in Hanuman Nagar in Andheri east. The minor was also present at the parlour, when he made a remark about Makwana’s looks and teased him about his complexion.
“The minor boy made comments about his skin colour, after which Makwana told him to stop teasing him. When the boy did not pay heed and continued, Makwana slapped him,” said Anil Kadam, sub inspector of MIDC police.
Enraged, the accused left the parlour threatening to kill him. A little while later, he came back to the parlour with his brother Harish, armed with iron rods and a knife, the police said. Harish assaulted Makwana with the rods while the minor attacked him with the knife.
“When Makwana’s friend, Kamlesh Gupta tried to intervene, the duo also assaulted him as well,” added Kadam. Gupta sustained minor injuries, but Makwana was seriously hurt with injuries on his back, neck and left arm, added the police.
The duo left the spot immediately after attacking Makwana and his friend. Locals informed Makwana’s family and rushed the two to Cooper hospital. While Gupta was discharged after being given some medication, Makwana is recuperating, but is said to be out of danger.
A case was registered with the MIDC police, who arrested Harish from his residence late on Monday and the minor on Tuesday morning. The minor is an SSC student and studies at a school in Andheri (East), while Harish is unemployed.
The MIDC police have booked the two under section 307 (attempt to murder), 324 (causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 34 (criminal act by several persons with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. While the boy has been sent to a children’s home, Harish has been remanded in police custody till November 23.