On June 3, a gruesome murder of a 20-year-old birthday boy was reported from Govandi area of Shivaji Nagar, Mumbai. The boy, identified as Sabir Ansari, was murdered by his four friends, including two minors, on his birthday. Shahrukh, Nishar, Salamat and another accused recreated a scene from Salman Khan starrer Bollywood movie ‘Antime: The Final Truth’ and killed the deceased with the same knife they had used to cut the cake.
The Mumbai police registered a case under sections 109 (punishment for abetment), 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Also, police have arrested four accused, two of whom have been sent to a juvenile home due to their minor age. However, two others named Shahrukh and Nishar have been sent to jail.
The story is said to have started a few days before the deceased’s birthday. An Indian Express report claimed that the deceased was 18 and had gone to a dhaba for a regular outing with his friends (the accused). There the accused asked Sabir to pay the entire meal bill of Rs 10,000. Sabir denied saying that he was saving for his birthday party. But when the accused promised to return the money, he paid the entire meal bill.
A few days later Sabir asked the accused for money as he wanted to hire a DJ and a cake for his birthday. But the accused did not pay the money. A fight broke out between accused Sabir and his friends over this. Sabir also returns home and tells his father that his friends have threatened him.
Later on the day of his birthday party, the accused collected some money and threw a party near Ambedkar Bagan area of Shivaji Nagar in Govandi around 8 pm. At around 11:30 pm, the accused held the deceased by his jacket and confronted him about the allegations he had thrown earlier. They punched and assaulted him. One of them then grabbed the knife from Keck and stabbed the victim several times.
According to the police, the accused is heard saying ‘Isko Antim picture ka shot dikha (Show me that scene from the movie Antim)’. When the deceased was taken to Shatabdi Municipal Hospital, the doctor on duty declared him dead.
Meanwhile, a slightly different version of the murder case has come forward. News9Live reports claimed that the deceased organized a birthday party where his friends hired a DJ and asked Sabir to pay for it. He refused because he had already spent Rs 10,000 and ran out of money. His angry friends fight him and later one of his friends, Salamat, borrows a knife from Shahrukh and stabs Sabir in the chest.
According to the police, one of the passers-by identified Sabir and found him in a bloody state. He immediately informed his father who later rushed him to the hospital where the doctor on duty declared him brought dead. One of the accused also fled from the spot to Ahmedabad in Gujarat and a team from Crime Branch (Unit-6) was sent to arrest them.
The police confirmed the arrest of the accused in the murder case on June 6 and sent them to jail. The two juvenile accused have been sent to a juvenile facility. The case has been registered under IPC Sections 302, 323, 109 and 34. Further investigation is underway.