Mumbai: ‘Thief’ being chased by crowd dies, cops investigate if he was beaten to death

According to officers, the incident took place around 3 am Thursday, when Yadav, who had around nine criminal cases registered against him, entered a chawl on the Senapati Bapat Marg area of Dadar.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 4, 2016 2:28 am

A MAN died while trying to flee from a Dadar chawl after a ‘failed theft attempt’ Thursday. The police are now probing if Swami Yadav was lynched by the crowd that was pursuing him or sustained fatal injuries after jumping off a 12-feet wall.

The police have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against unidentified persons.

According to officers, the incident took place around 3 am Thursday, when Yadav, who had around nine criminal cases registered against him, entered a chawl on the Senapati Bapat Marg area of Dadar.

While rummaging through a room, he ended up waking two brothers sleeping there. The brothers raised an alarm, and started chasing Yadav.

Soon, a crowd joined the brothers. Yadav, who was carrying a blade, attacked those trying to overpower him, and ended up injuring one person who had been chasing him, an officer said.

DCP (zone 5) Paramjit Singh Dahiya said while fleeing from the locals, Yadav reached the Masani estate building, where the entrance gate was locked.

Realising there was no way to escape, Yadav climbed up the 12-feet wall and jumped down.

“We suspect he sustained serious injuries when he jumped from the wall. We are also trying to find out if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the incident took place,” Dahiya said.

An injured Yadav kept running, but was eventually tracked down by the people who were chasing him.

He was thrashed by the crowd and eventually handed over to the police. Yadav was then rushed to the Sion hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.

His family members, who live on the footpath some distance from where the incident took place, were handed over the body and the final rites were conducted in the evening. Yadav’s family members have demanded a probe against the people who beat him up.

Dahiya said, “We are not ruling out that the possibility that he was assaulted by the people who chased him. Investigations will primarily rely on the post-mortem report, that should clarify what led to his death. Eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage, if any, will be looked into. Based on what we learn during the investigation, further course of action will be decided.”