A 36-year-old man lost his life after a group attacked and brutally assaulted him and four others with sharpedged weapons and bamboo sticks on the midnight of Saturday-Sunday. He succumbed to his injuries while being operated at a local hospital.
The man identified as Ajay Jha is survived by his wife and two children.
Sources said that this was a revenge attack as the victim had an altercation with a couple of the attackers a few days ago. On the night of the incident, they then came with more accomplices.
Jha was assaulted as he was chatting with a few of his friends after the Durga Idol immersion around midnight of Saturday and Sunday.
The cops of Waliv police station, Vasai East, have registered a case of murder and arrested three of the accused. They are looking for other ac complices.
Locals have also confirmed that the accused had assaulted a group of five people of which four are recuperating in a local hospital while one is dead.
Eakta Sangam Welfare Society in Jankipada, Nallasopara East, like every year, had organised the Navratri festival on Saturday night.
Jha had an altercation with some of the accused a couple of days ago.
Locals have alleged that the accused threatened Jha with dire consequences.
On Saturday-Sunday midnight when Jha was chatting with his friends near his house, 5-6 people attacked Jha and his friends and brutally assaulted them.
The attackers fled after the local residents came to the rescue of Jha and his friends.
The five injured were admitted to a local hospital where Jha died during treatment.
“We have arrested three of the accused and hope to nab the remaining ones soon. We have booked all of them under Section 302 of IPC (murder),” said Waliv police inspector Sanjay Hajare.