UP cloth merchant who came to have a glimpse Amitabh Bachchan stabbed

A cloth merchant from UP who came to Mumbai to catch a glimpse of actor Amitabh Bachchan was stabbed by goons. Two rowdies who robbed his mobile phone and cash were later arrested by Mumbai Police on Saturday.

The cloth merchant, identified as Aquil Shaikh, had come to Mumbai in end-June flouting prevailing lockdown restrictions, which were imposed since end-March in a bid to contain the spread of the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, to catch a glimpse of actor Amitabh Bachchan.

He was staying on a footpath near the actor’s bungalow Jalsa in Juhu.

On July 4, the two accused, identified as Sanjay Gopi Kharwa alias Rajendra alias Khidki (25), a resident of Bhayander, and Suresh Kanji Kharwa (20), a resident of Matunga labour camp, spotted Shaikh sleeping on the footpath and targeted him.

“Initially, the accused asked Shaikh to drink liqour, which he refused. Then, they took him to an isolated location and again insisted that he drinks liqour. An altercation followed between Shaikh and the two accused, and they started beating him. One of the accused then took out a knife and stabbed him in his hand, chest and stomach,” said Pandharinath Wavhal, a senior inspector at Juhu police station. The accused also robbed his mobile phone and cash and fled from the spot, he added.

Locals spotted an injured Shaikh and rushed him to Cooper Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment.