Man burnt to death over property dispute in Mumbai

A 36-year-old Bollywood lightman, resident of Sundar Wadi in Versova in the western suburbs, was set ablaze outside his home by three people over a property dispute.

The deceased, identified as Rehmat Shah, was burnt alive late Monday night, police said.

According to Shah's family, his seven-year-old son Rizwan came out at night looking for his father when he saw him up in flames. "I saw my father burning and got frightened. I ran to my uncle Ahmed and told him," said Rizwan.

Shah's wife, Mumtaz, was away at her village along with their five-year-old son Rihan at the time of the incident.

Shah's brother, Ahmed, who called up the police control room, said that after Rizwan told him of the incident, he rushed out to see a burning figure, screaming and scrambling around in the open ground.

"Nobody came forward to douse the fire or help him. By the time I intervened to help, it was too late," said Ahmed. The victim was rushed to the Cooper Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

A local goon and two of his accomplices ran away from the spot after torching Shah and a complaint has been lodged against the three, he said.

The Versova police have filed an FIR against the trio under sections 302 (murder) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.


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