The Suleiman Bakery in Pydhonie, where eight people died in police firing during the January 1993 communal riots, is now caught up in a conflict over ownership.
Abdul Sattar Suleman Mithaiwala, one of the five Mithaiwala brothers who own the bakery, has accused his nephews Imran and Zakaria of issuing threats, abuse and assault. His sons Sadique and Saeed have approached the Bombay High Court alleging that the Pydhonie police are not filing a First Information Report.
The high court on Monday asked the warring members of the family to try and settle the matter amicably. “The Mithaiwalas should not fight,” Justice Ranjana Desai said. The court has asked the petitioners and also Imran and Zakaria to be present in court on March 3, so that it can hear their versions and suggest a solution.
Abdul Sattar Suleman’s petition says that on December 26, 2009, Imran and Zakaria came to the bakery with some of their associates and started abusing them.
“They were accompanied by some policemen from Pydhonie police station, who stood outside the shop [bakery]. They forcibly took away a bundle of Rs 45,000, and when Sadique objected, threatened to get him arrested,” the petition states.
The petition also alleged that when Sadique was at the cash counter on December 30, 2009, Imran arrived there at around 7 pm, forcibly sat on the counter and demanded Rs 2 lakh.
Abdul’s lawyer Mubin Solkar said Imran and Zakaria have booked Abdul and his sons in “false” cases of unlawful assembly and assault and initiated chapter proceedings against them, which should be quashed.
The petition states, “Senior inspector Shamsher Pathan of Pydhonie police station also threatened my [Abdul’s] brother Asif Mithaiwala that he will convert the FIR from Section 324 (assault) to 307 (attempt to murder) and put all family members behind bars for several months.”