Mumbai: The police registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rioting against more than 25 suspects on Sunday, who allegedly assaulted a person they had caught, allegedly committing theft.
The victim succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
The incident occurred at around 2.30 am on Sunday, when Sanjay Gandhi Nagar resident Tilakram Chavan in suburban Sion felt somebody stepping on his leg raised an alarm, which resulted in around 90 people assembling near his house, the police said.
They caught hold of an alleged thief who has been identified as Deepak Das (32).
"The mob began hitting Das, whose hands and legs were tied. He was badly injured," a police official said.
However one of the residents called the police control room and the message was relayed to the Sion police station.
Das was declared dead at around 11.15 am today and doctors said that he died because of haemorrhage shock, besides wounds on his body caused by hard and blunt objects.
The mob was infuriated as there had been a spate of thefts in the area. "We have questioned round 30 people so far, but they have denied their role in the incident," the police said.
A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against unknown persons, the police said.