In a bizarre incident, a car washer from Mumbai was killed after a colleague allegedly inserted a high-pressure air hose into his rectum, according to the Indian Express
. Yakub Sheikh, 48, used to work at the Toyota Shinrai showroom in Cotton Green, a commercial and residential area in Mumbai, when the incident happened. While the police called it a prank gone wrong, Sheikh’s family said that it was a hate crime.
The police arrested his colleague Santosh Aherkar, who is believed to have thrust the powerful hose up Sheikh’s rear, and charged him with murder. The pressure in the pipe was 140 PSI (pound per square inch), the police said.
As per the Indian Express, one of Sheikh’s relatives said:
“We have learned that Aherkar and my brother had been having an argument over the practice of animal sacrifice.”
He said that Aherkar told his brother: “You had mutton, we will take out your mutton now.” Susan Abraham, of the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights, alleged:
“If Aherkar approached Yakub with a running pressure hose, the noise would have alerted Yakub. We suspect he was pinned down by some people while Aherkar inserted the pipe.”
Dr Harish Pathak, head of the forensic science department in KEM hospital, said within 4-5 seconds of that pipe being inserted in the rectum, the body of the deceased had swollen up. He said that Shaikh immediately started vomiting and collapsed after which he was brought to the hospital. However, he was soon declared dead. Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police (law and order), said the police is investigating the matter. “If anyone has new facts to share, they should feel free to approach the Investigating Officer. Their statements will be recorded and appropriate action will be taken,” he urged.