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Tired of taunts over Rs300 loan, 17-year-old slaughterhouse worker kills colleague in Mumbai

The police officers said he confessed to killing Qureshi with a knife used to cut goats at the slaughter house.

mumbai Updated: Oct 31, 2017 00:14 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Murder,Crime

The Government Railway Police (GRP) have arrested a 17-year-old slaughterhouse worker on Sunday for allegedly killing his 19-year-old colleague with a knife they used to cut meat after he got tired of being abused over a Rs300 loan on October 9.

After Imran Ibrahim Qureshi, 19, was found dead on the tracks between Vashi and Mankhurd station, the Navi Mumbai police registered an accidental death case. But they what made the police suspicious were stab injuries on Qureshi’s body. The railway crime branch officers started investigating the case based on the FIR and panchnama filed by the Navi Mumbai GRP.

“Initially, the police assumed it to be a case of death owing to trespassing, but the officers were not convinced when they saw injury marks on Qureshi’s body,” said Samadhan Pawar, deputy commissioner of police, Central Railway GRP.

When they went through the victim’s call records, they found on the night he was murdered he had made four calls to a number, which belonged to his colleague. The police nabbed the minor in Govandi near his house.

The police officers said he confessed to killing Qureshi with a knife used to cut goats at the slaughter house. He told the police that he was angry with Qureshi as he had been abusing him ever since he took mutton worth Rs300 from him on Bakri Eid.

The day Qureshi was killed, he had met the minor once earlier in the day near Mankhurd railway station and fought with him. When Qureshi later called the accused near the station again at night, he carried a knife as he was scared for his life. After they got in to an argument, he stabbed Qureshi and cut his throat with the knife he used at work, said the police. The minor then dumped his body on the tracks to make it look like an accident.

The police have sent teh accused to a juvenile home

First Published: Oct 31, 2017 00:14 IST