An advocate was allegedly stabbed by a food joint owner in Limdbi town of Surendranagar district on Monday, after he complained to the latter regarding residue of non-vegetarian food from the eatery being disposed of in the locality.
According to police, Sufiyan Ghanchi alias Bhano allegedly barged into office of advocate Batuk Patel near the HDFC Bank in Limbdi town at 5 pm Monday, threw chili powder in the eyes of Patel, his uncle Nandlal Patel and his two associate advocates Jayesh Dave and Niraj Shah before stabbing Patel twice. An injured Patel was rushed to a government hospital in Limbdi town, where, police said, his condition was reported to be out of danger on Tuesday.
Limbdi police sub-inspector (PSI) Mukheshdan Ishrani said that they detained Ghanchi hours later and procedure was on to get his Covid-19 test done. The PSI added that if the accused tests negative for the infectious disease, he would be arrested formally.
In his complaint to Limbdi police, the advocate said that while he was preparing to leave his home in Kanbi Sheri in Limbdi town at around 4 pm on Monday, he noticed that Ghanchi had come to the house of his maternal grandmother Mariam Jara, who was the advocate’s neighbour.
“I told Ghanchi he had opened a non-vegetarian food joint in partnership with his maternal uncle in Patel street which is a Hindu area and therefore people are turning up to purchase mutton curry. However, you are throwing residue like bones anywhere in our locality. Therefore, around two months ago, women of the neighbourhood had objected to this but you had hit in head one Vinitaben with a pipe around two months and a case has been registered in this connection in Limbdi police station. Therefore, I told, him not to come to Mariyamben’s home without business,” the FIR registered at Limbdi police station quotes advocate Patel has having stated in his complaint.
The advocate further stated that being an advocate, he had provided guidance and advice when Vinitaben was attacked and that he was also cooperating with residents of the locality over the issue. “Apparently spooked by this… Ghanchi attacked me with a knife and threatened that he would murder me if I did not thrash out a compromise,” the advocate further stated.
Based on Patel’s complaint, Limbdi police have booked Ghanchi under IPC Sections 323, 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of trust) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation).
The PSI said that the 57-year-old advocate had sustained a stab wound in right side of his stomach and right hand. “He is undergoing treatment in the government hospital in Limbdi and his condition is reported to be out of danger. He is likely to be discharged today,” Ishrani further said on Tuesday.
The PSI added that situation in Limbdi town was normal after the incident.
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