The Bombay High Court (HC) has rejected the bail application of Imran Tamboli, who was arrested for allegedly murdering 17-year-old Dharma Rathod by setting him on fire, suspecting he was stealing batteries of vehicles parked on the street in Kasba Peth area on January 13.
According to police records, the deceased, Savan Dharma Rathod, is the complainant who filed the FIR at the Faraskhana police station. The complaint said that three persons nabbed him, suspecting he was stealing vehicle batteries and then set him on fire in the narrow lane behind Kalika temple in Kasba Peth, after pouring petrol on him, on January 13 afternoon. The complaint said that they put him in a tempo and left him at an isolated spot by the river, near Shaikh Salla Dargah. It added that three ragpickers saw Savan and got him to the police chowki. Savan had received 75 per cent burns in the incident.
Police first took him to Surya hospital and then shifted him to Sassoon hospital. Savan later succumbed to his injuries. Section 302 (murder) of IPC was invoked against the assailants, Ibrahim Mehmood Shaikh (35) of Kasba Peth, Zuber Iqbal Tamboli (29) and his brother Imran Tamboli, both residents of Fatima Nagar.
Meanwhile, the Banjara activists have alleged that the assailants set Savan on fire because he was a Hindu. The activists have claimed that they recorded Savan’s video in Sassoon hospital which proved the same. The controversial video had gone viral on the social media.
Banjara activist Yuraj Ade’s statement on this video was recorded by police and included in the chargesheet against the three suspects. Accused Tamboli’s lawyer Deepak Girme cited the two different versions of “dying declarations” in the High Court. The court, however, rejected the bail plea on July 26. Banjara activist Ramesh Rathod said, “Savan’s video is genuine.” Police officials, however, said it could be an afterthought.