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Drama in Mumbai: Man stabs rival inside courtroom

Mumbai city news: The accused was booked in connection with the 2011 Kurar quadruple murders

mumbai Updated: Jun 09, 2017 00:40 IST
Charul Shah
Charul Shah
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Mumbai crime,gang wars
In April 2014, Pathak was found running a gang using a mobile phone he had smuggled into Arthur Road Jail(HT File Photo)

An accused in a quadruple murder case stabbed a co-accused when they were brought in for a scheduled hearing.

Uday Pathak, booked in connection with the 2011 Kurar murders, stabbed Kalpesh Patel with a sharp object that he had smuggled into the courtroom. Patel was to turn an approver in the case, four boys were murdered.

The two are facing prosecution.

On Thursday, the case came up before the new judge and all the accused were produced in court. The court adjourned the case and accused were to be taken back.

“When came face to face outside court, Pathak attacked Patel,” said a court staff. “Pathak pushed the guards and attacked Patel with a sharp object,” said Vijay Dhopavkar, senior police inspector, Colaba police station.

Patel sustained injuries on his right cheek and throat.

After the incident, Patel rushed inside the court room and narrated the attack. The court sent Patel for medical aid while Pathak was taken back to jail. After first aid, Patel was taken to Colaba police station where the case was registered against Pathak.

The police said that Patel recorded a confession in the murder case that had angered Pathak. Sources said that Pathak threatened Patel frequently and the two were kept in separate cells to avoid untoward incidents.

Patel, in his statement to police, said that on Thursday, Pathak first abused him and threatened to kill him, and later attacked his face with a sharp object.

The police has yet to look for the object that Pathak attacked him with. Sources said that Pathak threw it away immediately after attacking Patel and no one could identify it later. “We are still looking for the object and trying to find out how he sneaked it inside the court,” Dhopavar said.

The Colaba police has registered an attempt to murder case against Pathak.

Pathak, 44, is originally from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh. A resident of Kurar (east), he has over 12 cases against him. He had also been externed from the city once.

Pathak and Patel were arrested in 2011 for killing four youngsters in Kurar, Malad, over a minor argument.

According to the prosecution, on June 6, 2011, partially charred and naked bodies of Chetan Dhule, 24; Dinesh Ihire, 26; Ganesh Karanje, 24; and Bharat Kudle, 27, were found in Appapada.

Pathak and his gang allegedly kidnapped them, marched them up the hills and then killed them over a minor face-off that took place the previous evening.

First Published: Jun 08, 2017 13:58 IST