Builder‘s throat slashed on Vashi court premises

NAVI MUMBAI: A knife-wielding man slashed the throat of a 30-year-old developer, who is a complainant in a cheating and forgery case, inside the premises of the Vashi magistrate‘s (JMFC) court at CBD-Belapur on Monday. The incident occurred in the afternoon, when the developer, Narendra Patel, went to the toilet on the court building‘s fifth floor. The assailant followed Patel inside the toilet and, grabbing him from behind, slashed his throat with a knife before escaping.
Hearing Patel‘s cries, cops entered the toilet and rushed him to hospital in CBD. Inspector Shyam Shinde of CBD police station said, “The injured man whose throat has been slashed is stable and out of danger, doctors treating him have told us. As the unidentified attacker escaped, we have registered a case of attempt to murder under Section 307 of IPC.”

Lawyers and other citizens told TOI security needs to be strengthened at the court‘s entry points. An eyewitness said the attacker easily escaped from the fifth floor and threw the knife on the third floor, from where it was recovered.

A high court lawyer and activist, Vinod Gangwal, present on court premises at the time of the incident, said, “This is alarming as the attacker got a knife with him inside the court premises. This means security checks need to be tightened for the safety of the public.” Gangwal added, “Many lawyers and visitors could hear the victim‘s cries as he came out of the toilet, profusely bleeding from the neck. He was then rushed to hospital. Police should establish who all are behind the crime.”

Court insiders pointed out there are no CCTV cameras inside the court, so cops have not got any visuals of how the attacker looks. A CBD police officer confirmed there were no CCTV cameras inside the court building.

Senior inspector of Economic Offences Wing Raju Sonawane said, “Patel had lodged a complaint with the EOW after being cheated by two estate agents, Prabhakar Mhatre (45) and Lavesh Jadhav (35), of Rs1.45 crore in Cidco‘s Airoli plot deal. The accused agents are in custody after we arrested them in November 2017 after registering an FIR at police station in September 2017. Prior to that, Mhatre had gone to Patel‘s office and threatened to kill him for registering an FIR against him and his aides. Patel had submitted CCTV camera footage from his office in which Mhatre could be seen threatening him. So police have to inquire into the attack from this angle as well.”

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