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Seven held for killing youth over sexual harassment case in Mumbai – Times of India

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MUMBAI: In yet another brutal murder during the lockdown, seven persons have been arrested for allegedly assaulting and killing a 27-year-old man and injuring two of his brothers in Chembur late Tuesday evening. The deceased has been identified as Prashant Panvalkar and his brothers are Shankar and Prahlad. This is the third murder in the last 10 days.
In a case registered at RCF police station in Chembur, tharrested persons have been named as Ashish Yadav, Ajit Gupta, Sriram Yadav, Rudram Yadav, Pradeep Morya, Govind Yadav and Rahul Yadav. The police said the two main accused, Ashish Yadav and Ajit Gupta, had allegedly sexually harassed Panvalkar’s fiancee which had led to a huge fight between the two groups last week.
The two groups ended up lodging non-cognizable offences. “On Tuesday evening, the accused persons barged into Panvalkar’s house and assaulted him with a chopper, sword and cricket bat even as people watched,” said an officer. When his two brothers intervened, they assaulted them too and fled.
All the accused persons have been arrested and remanded in police custody and the weapons have been recovered, said assistant commissioner of police Srikant Desai. The two injured brothers are recovering at Rajawadi Hospital.
Last month two brothers had been killed and a third one was seriously injured over rivalry in Wadala. Also, two youths were killed in Govandi last week over setting up of a water booth.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)