Seven things we know about the Khar traffic cop murder case
Seven things to know about the murder case of traffic head constable Vilas Shinde, 51, who died nine days after he was assaulted by two brothers at a petrol pump in Khar.
1. Nine days after he was assaulted by two brothers at a petrol pump in Khar, 51-year-old traffic head constable Vilas Shinde died in the intensive care unit of Lilavati Hospital in Bandra (west) on August 31. Shinde, who was a resident of a BDD chawl in Worli, hailed from Satara and is survived by a wife and two children.
2. The two accused – aged 16 and 21 (Ahmed Mohammad Ali Qureshi) – who assaulted him, have now been charged with murder.
3. According to the Khar police, the incident took place around 3.15 pm on August 23 at a petrol pump near Hotel Rajasthan on SV Road where the victim, HC Shinde, was posted to collect details of motorists as part of a traffic initiative.
4. Shinde stopped one of the accused, a minor, who came on a bike at the petrol pump. They got into an argument when Shinde asked him to call his parents as he did not have the bike’s registration papers and as a minor he could not legally drive a bike.
5) The minor then called up his 21-year-old brother and exaggerated the incident while narrating it to him. This enraged his elder brother, identified as Ahmed Mohammad Ali Qureshi, who reached the spot and hit the constable from behind on his head with a wooden stick. The constable collapsed and the duo fled the scene but were nabbed within 24 hours by Khar police
6) The Maharashtra government has declared police constable Vilas Shinde as a “martyr” and decided to induct his son in the government job. The government will also take stern action against the accused in the case, said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday after visiting the constable’s family at Worli police colony. CM also had to face the police colony residents’ anger during the visit as they gathered around him and demanded justice. Slogans such as “We demand justice” were also raised.Terming the incident as “sad and unfortunate”, Fadnavis said the state government will stand firm with the aggrieved family and they will be given all kinds of help. “Mumbai CP has also been asked to take measures so that such incidents don’t get repeated in future. We are with the Shinde’s family,” CM said.
7) Mumbai traffic police officials have each decided to contribute their one-day salary amounting to Rs 30 - 35 lakh to support the deceased cop’s family.