A brawl between two groups over a minor issue led to the death of a 22-year-old in Mulund late on Sunday evening.
One of the groups involved in the fight was playing cricket when the ball hit the deceased who was sitting nearby with friends. The fight that ensued led to the death of the youth and the arrest of three others.
The incident took place at around 6.30pm on Sunday at a playground near Ramgandhi High School in Mulund (West). The deceased, Ramdas Bagde, who had recently written class 12 exams, was returning after drinking palm wine (tadi) with three friends. The four, all Mulund residents, were sitting on the playground near the school.
“While they were talking, a tennis ball being used to play cricket by another group on the playground hit Bagde,” said inspector Pandurang Patil of the Mulund police station. This infuriated Bagde, who started abusing the person who came to collect the ball. Soon, the others who were playing cricket also joined in. After a heated exchange, the two groups came to blows, the police said.
“The accused targeted Bagde in particular as he had abused them. One of the accused punched him in the stomach, after which he collapsed on the spot,” added Patil. Both the groups thought Bagde had fallen unconscious and stopped fighting. He was rushed to Wockhardt hospital in Mulund, where he was declared dead.
The Mulund police have registered a case of murder against three persons — Alpesh Podar, 19, Sameer Sakpal, 21, and Vijay Galande, 19. Galande is an FYBSc student at a Mulund college, while the other two are employed. The Mulund police are waiting for the post mortem report to learn the cause of death.
All the three accused are residents of Sriram Nagar in Mulund (West).