Two people were arrested on Sunday for allegedly murdering a 35-year-old travel agent. The arrested accused identified only as Rashid, 36, was a neighbour of the deceased Maqbool Shaikh at a chawl near Diamond Garden in Chembur (West).
An officer from Chembur police, talking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media said, “The incident took place on Saturday when Maqbool’s wife Shamshad Begum, 30, kept an aluminum sheet outside her residence.
When Begum came to take the sheet a few hours later, it was missing. She later found out that the accused's mother had sold the aluminum sheet to a junk dealer. The two women then had a fight over the issue.”
The officer added, “Rashid returned home later in the night, inebriated and was told about the incident. He then called up four of his friends, including the other arrested accused, Naushad Shaikh, 22, and confronted his neighbours. They then took Maqbool to the Diamond Garden outside their chawl, where they assaulted him with choppers and fled the spot.”
Maqbool was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
The police are trying to identify and arrest the other three accused in the case.
Senior police inspector Bhimrao Rathod from Chembur police station said, “A case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused.”