The deceased has been identified as Bharat Gulab Uke, 40, a resident of Pahune Layout. The murder took place on Wednesday near Sahare Bhojanalaya, police said. A case of murder has been registered against the youth, identified as Rupesh alias Bunty Yashwant Gadkari, 28, a resident of Mandwa Vasti.
Bharat used to work as a mason while Rupesh is a labour contractor. Cops said both were friends but last month they had an altercation after Bharat was suspected of having an affair with one of Rupesh’s female relatives. Subsequently, Bharat and his two friends beat up Rupesh.
Police said Rupesh ordered a butcher knife for 500 through a shopping portal a few days ago. On Wednesday night, Bharat and his friends Deepak Meshram and Sukhdev Saharewas were seated in front of Sahare Bhojanalaya when Rupesh came there with the knife in his hand. Rupesh allegedly stabbed him as many as 15 times in the back and fled the spot.
Bharat’s relatives rushed him to Mayo Hospital where doctors declared him dead. After being informed, a team of police along with senior police inspector Dyaneshwar Bhedokar of Yashodhara Nagar police station reached the spot for investigation.