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Man who stabbed colleague over money, escapes with one-year jail

Friday, July 20, 2018
By Bhavna Uchil

He had injured the victim severely and fled to Varanasi

A 23-year-old labourer who had stabbed his colleague, a driver in the company, over a money matter, was sentenced by a sessions court in South Mumbai to one-year rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs. 5,000.

The incident took place in the late evening hours of a day in September 2015. The victim, Jayant Chaudhary used to work as a driver for a small delivery firm in Worli, in which his assaulter Mumtaz Shaikh had been working as a loader for the past seven to eight months at a monthly pay of Rs. 7,000. The owner of the firm had delegated the work of managing the salaries of the workmen to the Chaudhary.

According to the prosecution, Chaudhary had on earlier occassions given the salary in advance to Shaikh when he was in need of money. On the fateful day, Chaudhary received a call from Shaikh asking him his whereabouts. Chaudhary replied that he was in the company godown. In a few minutes, Shaikh came to him and asked for his salary in advance. When, Chaudhary told him that he will ask the owners' permission on the matter and then give Shaikh the money the next day, an angry Shaikh started insisting that he wanted the money immediately and started quarelling. When Chaudhary refused to give in, Shaikh took a knife out of his pant pocket and stabbed Chaudhary twice on the chest. When Chaudhary tried to shield himself with his arm, Shaikh stabbed him on his hand too and fled from the spot.

Hearing the commotion, people in the neighbourhood, some of whom were Chaudhary's friends, gathered and finding him severely injured and bleeding, took him to the hospital. Chaudhary had to take treatment in the hospital for five to six days for a deep open wound on his chest as well as a nerve injury for which he had to undergo an operation.

While the police had booked Shaikh under the charge of attempt to murder under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), yesterday additional sessions judge S.M. Bhosale convicted him only under a section of the IPC pertaining to 'voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means' and sections of the Maharashtra Police Act. These sections of the Act pertain to carrying a knife or any article which is capable of being used for causing physical violence and another section pertaining to a person going armed with such an article.

After the crime, Shaikh had escaped to his hometown Varanasi, by train. The police, who got information of this apprehended him, when he got out of the general compartment of the train from Varanasi, with the help of a colleague from the same firm who could identify Shaikh.

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