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Ehtasham Khan in Mumbai | March 19, 2004 15:05 IST
Last Updated: March 19, 2004 16:34 IST
He is dead.
Says his sister Raheem Bano, "He looked so handsome (in the television commercial). It was shot close to our house. He also did small roles in several films."
Patel has said he went to the Bandra promenade -- where many of the city's residents gather on weekends and in the evenings to get away from Mumbai's hustle and bustle -- with his wife, a friend's wife and three children. Sheikh and three others allegedly teased Patel's wife and later tried to molest her, Patel alleged.
When he tried to remonstrate with them, Patel has said, one of the men asked another to remove a gun. Hearing this, Patel, who owns a food store in north central Mumbai, shot Sheikh with his pistol.
The police claim Sheikh was a small-time ruffian against whom some cases had been lodged earlier.
"We don't know anything," Raheem Bano, one of his sisters, said. "The police did not tell us anything. We got to know all about it from the newspapers. We didn't even get the post-mortem report. We were just given the body."
The family is also entangled in a dispute over property, which includes the one-room tenement and the flower shop which they value at Rs 40 lakhs (Rs 4 million).
The police detained three of Sheikh's friends -- who were with him when the incident occurred -- for three days. They were released on Wednesday evening.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Bipin Kumar Singh told rediff.com: "We have not arrested anybody because there was no need for it. Everything has been done within the law."
Ashok P Shahani, a lawyer and one of Patel's friends, says Patel killed the 'eve-teaser' under the 'right to private defence.' According to the 'right to private defence,' if someone attacks you, you too can attack him. Ultimately, of course, it is the courts that decide if the conditions were grave enough to kill someone.
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