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RPI activist stabbed, killed in Kalwa

A 45-year-old woman activist of the Republican Party of India was killed in the New Shivaji Nagar area of Kalwa (East) by four people on Saturday evening.

mumbai Updated: May 16, 2010 01:14 IST
Susamma Kurian

A 45-year-old woman activist of the Republican Party of India (RPI) was killed in the New Shivaji Nagar area of Kalwa (East) by four people on Saturday evening.

The area turned tense as news of Ramabai Pujari’s murder spread, aggravating nerves already strained following an early morning clash between two groups. Police have been deployed in the area.

“Some people had vandalised her M&M Scorpio and she had filed a case at Kalwa police station. She came to the police station in the evening to check on the case,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone I), Ashok Deshbhrathar.

“She was returning in an autorickshaw with her party workers when four people dragged them out and stabbed her with a sword. We now know the names of three of the attackers. Investigations are on,” he added.

While the police are not commenting on the possible motive, the early morning clash appears to be a factor.

Around 2 am on Saturday, vandals burnt a bike and damaged a Scorpio and a tempo.

A 20-year-old was also attacked and shops damaged. Most shops stayed shut after the incident.

“Around six men, all drunk, from the Gopalnagar area came with choppers and sticks. They broke the windows of my Scorpio with the chopper. They attacked a boy and were about to attack me as well but our local boys came and drove them away,” Pujari said.

During the day, 20 men vandalised other vehicles and shops in the area. New Shivajinagar residents say such incidents happen every fortnight but the police don’t take any action.

“When we went to the police station to file a complaint, they were not ready to take the complaint. We have to go to west Kalwa to file a complaint. They should at least have a chowkie and night patrolling here so these goons don’t have a free run,” said Kunal Mauje (22), whose bike was burnt.

Kalwa police filed a case of causing grievous hurt in the morning incident and named Deva Pandey, Krishna Pandey and Sanjay as accused.

Police were in the process of filing a murder case in Pujari’s case.