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Mumbai crime: Man stabbed to death after he refused to share cigarettes due to shortage amid lockdown

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 March 2020, 16:17 IST

It seems like coronavirus lockdown created panic among people and they can go to any extend for breaking the orders given by the government. One crime case has come to light from Maharashtra’s Kalyan where two men allegedly murdered a man after he refused to share his cigarette with them.

As per the reports, the incident took place on Wednesday when a 38-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death by two men for refusing to give them a cigarette near the APMC market.

The victim has been identified as Arvind Shankar Kumar, originally belonged to Uttar Pradesh, was a vegetable seller. Police have suspected that due to a shortage of cigarettes the crime was committed as paan shops and outlets selling tobacco products were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

According to the reports in Mumbai Mirror, the deceased vegetable vendor was the resident of Govind Vadi locality of Kalyan, where he was residing with his cousin. Arvind was an employee of a man named Anand Gupta.

While talking to Mumbai Mirror, Anand said that Arvind was smoking near a toilet in the APMC market. Two people asked him to give them a cigarette. The two men got angry when Arvind rejected their request. Hence, they allegedly stabbed him with a screwdriver multiple times in the stomach and chest.

Arvind was rushed to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital located in Kalwa and then was taken to King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai for treatment. However, he succumbed to the injuries.

Meanwhile, the police have launched a manhunt to nab the two accused. Also booked them under section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt with dangerous weapons or means) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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First published: 27 March 2020, 16:17 IST