With two drivers killed in separate attacks seven years apart inside the same autorickshaw,the owner of the vehicle says it is jinxed.
Abrar Ahmed Ansari,who was driving the autorickshaw,was murdered Friday.
Shahid Khan,who owns the autorickshaw,told Malwani police that another driver,Shaukat Shah,was shot dead near Aksa beach in 2006. Police had registered a case against unidentified passengers who were suspected to have shot Shah and stolen his wallet and gold chain. On Friday too,it was passengers who killed Ahmed Ansari.
Khan blames the number plate (MH 02 SA 7302) of the autorickshaw. It contains the number 302,which is the IPC section for murder. I am going to discard the rickshaw as soon as possible, said Khan.
We had rounded up several suspects in 2006 but could not find the killers. After the investigation,we filed a chargesheet and gave the seized rickshaw back to Khan, said A Shaikh,senior inspector.
I am afraid if I keep the rickshaw,there will be another murder, said Khan after recording his statement Saturday.
Khan later employed Ansari,26,of Uttar Pradesh,who drove the rickshaw at night around Malad and Borivali. Ansari had become a father three days before the murder and had planned to visit his family in his village.
Passengers slit Ansaris neck with a chopper around midnight Friday. A bleeding Ansari ran towards the main road to seek help. He reached the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police at Marve Road,where he collapsed after telling the beat officers he was attacked by his passengers. The beat officers took him to hospital where he was declared dead. Ansari was stabbed in Patharwadi,a desolate area. The only CCTV installed there has not been functional for the past two days,so we could not get any footage. A probe is on, said Shaikh.