Fight over apple worth 20 rupees, minor boy kills man

A 27-year-old youth was murdered in a dispute over 20 rupees in Punagam, Surat. Police on Wednesday arrested three people, including a 17-year-old minor, in this case. The deceased Mahipal alias Mahipat alias Maplo alias Bhuri Waghmasi, an auto driver allegedly refused to pay the amount of an apple. This enraged the minor and he hit the auto driver on the head with a stick on Tuesday night.

Waghmashi was seriously injured due to this. His head was bleeding and he fell on the road. The accused along with other associates shifted her to a nearby hospital. Seeing the critical condition of the patient, the hospital suggested to take him to another hospital. However, instead of taking Waghmasi to another hospital, the accused dumped his body on the service road in Ai Mata circle of Punagam area and fled the spot.

Police have arrested Sunil Devipujak (19) and his father Chandu (42) for helping to throw the minor’s body on the road. All the accused were arrested after their involvement in the case was found through CCTV footage, police said. The minor will be sent to the remand home after being produced in the juvenile court. In this regard, the elder brother of the deceased Lalji has lodged an FIR.

On seeing the dead body on the road, the local people informed the police. After preliminary investigation, the police found that the deceased had been murdered. A police officer said, “On checking the CCTV footage, it was found that some people had brought the body here in a cargo van. There were injury marks on the head of the deceased. Police said Waghmasi had refused to pay the apple money due to which the dispute started. During this, the minor accused hit him on the head.

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