Road rage: Who killed Nihal Sayyed? Pune police grope in the dark

The police are looking out for a two-wheeler and a youth with an injured finger; mother says at least 15 youths beat him up.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune | Updated: October 5, 2015 12:47 pm
road rage, pune road rage, youth death, beaten to death, accident, crime, pune news, indian express Nihal’s mother Roshni Sayyed with
his photograph on Sunday. (Express Photo)

TEN days after 22-year-old Nihal Sayyed, a resident of Vetalnagar in Chinchwadgaon, was allegedly beaten to death by a group of youths in a purported case of road rage, the Bhosari police have failed to make any headway in identifying and arresting the culprits.

The police which have formed a special team to track down the perpetrators are searching for a Splendour two-wheeler and a youth who had suffered an injury to one of his fingers. On September 23, Nihal, a driver with a pick-up van, was heading to fill CNG in his vehicle at a petrol pump at Dapodi near Dehu Road area when he was accosted by a group of youths near Dharmaveer Sambhaji on the Pune-Mumbai Highway at Kasarwadi around 1 am. The youths apparently pulled him out of his vehicle, beat him up and fled after he lay unconscious and bleeding from the neck. The Bhosari police then rushed to the spot and shifted Nihal to YCM hospital. Two days later, an unconscious Nihal succumbed to his injuries.

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Police sub inspector Dattatray Dhumal, who was on duty that day, said it seemed to be a case of road rage involving at least three youths astride a motorcycle and Nihal Sayyed who was driving a Maruti Eco vehicle.

“From the information we gathered from the passersby, local residents and the person who called the control room, it seems Nihal’s four-wheeler had brushed the two-wheeler of the three youths somewhere near Pimpri, injuring one of them,” PSI Dhumal said. Angered by this, the trio chased Nihal and caught up with him at Kasarwadi.

“Here, after an altercation and scuffle between the four, Nihal fell to the ground and suffered injury to his neck and some portion of his head,” he said.

The police have filed a case of murder under against the three. API Ravikiran Darawade, who is the investigating officer in the case, said, “A local resident had noted down the number of the Splendour two-wheeler the three youths were riding. However, on inquiring with the RTO, the number was found to be of an autorickshaw. It seems the local resident had noted down a wrong number.”

He said they have also checked the CCTV footage of the area, but have found no clue of the scuffle at the spot.API Darawade said one of their strong clues is the injury suffered to the finger of one of the youths.

“One of them was bleeding from a finger severely. He was also abusive and asking Nihal whether he would recompensate his finger,” he said. The police are apparently scanning hospitals where the youth must have sought treatment. They have also appealed to hospitals to alert them in case they have treated anybody with serious finger injury on morning of September 23.Meanwhile, the Sayyed family is in state a of shock. All the male members of their family have died.
“My husband died 8 years ago and my younger son died over 10 years ago. I have two married daughters to look after. We live in a rented house..It was Nihal’s salary of Rs 11,000 which took care of our household needs,” said a worried Roshni Sayyed. The family said they are surprised that even 10 days later the police have failed to nab the culprits.

The family disputes police theory that three youths beat up Nihal and that he died after falling to the ground.

“We made inquiries at the spot where the incident occurred. We were told that there were at least 15 youths who beat up Nihal. Besides, he was cowering near the vehicle’s wheelers even as they hit him furiously with a belt,” said Roshni, lamenting that no corporator, MLA or MP has even paid a courtesy call to them.
Rehan Sayyed, with whom Nihal Sayyed worked as a driver, said Nihal had called him up at 12.15 am after filling up CNG at Chinchwad. “He was supposed to meet me at Vallabhnagar…I don’t know why he went to Kasarwadi…May be because he was being chased by the youths,” he said.

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