In an appalling incident, a 70-year-old was beaten to death in Maharashtra's Vasai on Friday night. Police have arrested nine people in this case.
The deceased, Ramachandra Raut, had filed a complaint with the police against some of the accused for allegedly stealing pigeons.
Angry over this action by the septuagenarian, the accused went to his house and beat him.
Here's what happened.
Raut claimed his pet pigeons were stolen
On Friday morning, Raut had told Vasai police that two people stole his pet pigeons.
Vasai police station's Inspector Rajendra Kamble said taking cognizance of the complaint, the police served notices to the accused.
To maintain peace in the locality, they were given warning under Section 149 CrPC, he added.
But the accused didn't like that Raut went to police.
Accused went to Raut's house, assaulted him
At around 7:30 PM, the accused gathered seven others, including women, and went to Raut's house.
They started yelling at him and warned him of dire consequences for going to the police. Raut's son Bandhu, who is 25 years old, was also shouted at.
When Raut intervened, the people started beating him. They rained kicks and blows on him and one allegedly strangled him.
Hospital declared Raut brought dead
Raut was rushed to the Sir DM Petit Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. He sustained injuries on his head, neck, and back.
A case was registered under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt), 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
The people who have been arrested
The nine who were arrested are Mayur Sachin Raut, Sachin Gharat, Avinash Tandel, Abhishek Raju Kolekar, Sureka Raju Kolekar, Sneha Sachin Gharat, Ranjana Chandrakant Tandel, Raju Tukaram Kolekar, and Reena Sachin Gharat. They were remanded in police custody by a Vasai court on Saturday.