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Slum-dweller?s murder leads to pandemonium

THE MURDER of a resident of Shekhar Nagar slum area yesterday night so agitated the slum dwellers that they not only surrounded the Pandrinath police station but despite all attempts by local MLA and Corporator showered bricks and pelted stones.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 00:39 IST

THE MURDER of a resident of Shekhar Nagar slum area yesterday night so agitated the slum dwellers that they not only surrounded the Pandrinath police station but despite all attempts by local MLA and Corporator showered bricks and pelted stones.

The unruly mob of the slum cluster disrupted the working of the flower mandi operating from the area and also created disturbance at the MYH, where the body had been sent for post mortem today.

According to sources 24-year-old Santosh Laxmanrao Maratha, a resident of CP Shekhar Nagar slum, was stabbed by unidentified assailants in the Nandlalpura area yesterday night. He was found in an unconscious condition near Metro Complex by beat constable Phulchand and another constable of the Kabootarkhana police chowki who took him to the MYH where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The family members allege that he had gone out at around 11.30 pm to purchase medicine for his wife, however, the police believe that he had gone to the local wine shop and was returning on foot from there, probably with his drinking company, when the occurrence of some incident incited the stabbing.

Irate residents surrounded the police station and created chaos for quite some time dispersing only after the advice of police and political leaders. However, normalcy was not to remain for long when a mob of residents bringing along the wife of the deceased with her son in her arms again surrounded the police station and engaged in sloganeering.

Neighbours of the deceased alleged that he had some dispute with a local goon Gaja and his involvement in the murder could not be ruled out.

They also alleged that the police constables were on or near the spot and it could not have happened that the assailant(s) vanished into thin air without coming in the notice of the policemen.

CSP Santosh Singh Gaur and police station incharge H Guru tried in vain to pacify the residents. Meanwhile, MLA Ashwin Joshi and local Corporator Chandu Kuril and leaders Devendrra Singh Yadav and Ambu Jain also arrived on the spot, trying to sway the unruly mob by their professed charms into discipline and order.

The effect of the leaders advice boomeranged with the mob engaging in pelting stones for sometime before realising their folly and coming to their senses. The residents demanded immediate arrest of the perpetrators of the crime.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 00:39 IST