A head constable was stabbed 13 times by two sugarcane vendors in Vasai on Saturday following a petty dispute. One of the accused is arrested, the other is absconding.
The Manikpur police said, the incident occurred at around 10.30 pm opposite Parvati theatre.
Brothers Chandan (18) and Deepak Chaurasia (22) stabbed Vasai resident Ramesh Kadam (52), a constable attached to the Naigaon police headquarters (Parel, Local Arms department). Kadam questioned the duo, who own a juice stall in the area, about the garbage they dumped on the road near their stall.
They began arguing with Kadam before it turned into a fight. “The fight turned ugly and they stabbed Kadam with choppers and fled,” said Deepak Deoraj, deputy superintendent of police, Vasai division.
Kadam, who was bleeding profusely, was taken to the nearby Golden Park Hospital. His condition is said to be stable.
The police booked the two on charges of attempt to murder and assault. “Chandan has been arrested. We are searching for Deepak,” Deoraj said.
“Kadam’s condition was critical when he was admitted to the hospital as he lost a lot of blood,” said Dr Malcolm Pestonji, a surgeon and proprietor of the Golden Park hospital adding that since the patient was diabetic, it was all the more difficult to treat him.
Witnesses and locals said the brothers had consumed alcohol from a beer shop that is located in the same building as the hospital. “The beer shop is a hub for anti-social elements. It is open till 1 am and people drink near the shop,” said a resident.