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Of a murder, an ad and cricket

Ehtasham Khan in Mumbai | March 19, 2004 15:05 IST
Last Updated: March 19, 2004 16:34 IST


He is dead.

But every time there is a commercial break in an India-Pakistan game, he willappearon televisionin an advertisement promoting peace.

Mohammad Ali Sheikhappearsas the mancarryingagoat in the Samsung advertisement Jeet Lo Dil Ko, which currently appears during the telecast of India-Pakistan matches.

Sheikh, 26,was shotbyAmit Patel on March 14when he allegedly tried to molest the latter's wife at the Bandra promenade in northwest Mumbai.

Hewas a resident of Mahim, a couple of miles away from where he was shot in his stomach.

Says hissister Raheem Bano, "He looked so handsome (in the television commercial). Itwas shotclose to our house. He also did small roles in several films."

Sheikh, who owned a flower shop near the Mahim mosque, lived with his father, sisters and brother-in-law in a one-room tenement.

Patelhas said he went to the Bandra promenade -- where many of the city's residentsgather 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 othersallegedly teased Patel'swife 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 afood store in north central Mumbai,shotSheikh with his pistol.

The police claimSheikh was a small-time ruffian against whom somecases had beenlodged earlier.

Sheikh's family wasreticent about the incident.

"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 isalso entangled in a dispute over property, whichincludes the one-room tenement and the flower shop which they value at Rs 40 lakhs (Rs 4 million).

That dispute has led to the allegation that some family members were somehow involved in Sheikh's death. "When he (Sheikh) was dying, he told me his friends murdered him," claims another sister Shaheen, who is estranged from the family and lives on a pavement close to her former home.

The police detained three of Sheikh'sfriends -- who werewith him when the incident occurred -- for three days. They were released on Wednesday evening.

Patel was also detained for three days and released on Wednesday morning.

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."

Interestingly, the policeregistered a case against the dead Sheikh for criminal intimidation and molestation. No case has been registered against Patel.Sheikh's family too havenot registered a case against the businessman.

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 canattack him.Ultimately, of course,it is the courts that decide if the conditions weregrave enough to kill someone.



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Sub: Of a Murder, an ad and cricket

After reading the article, one by default thinks about the role of media in making mockery of the situation in the country. Not long ago, ...


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Sub: Of a murder, an ad and cricket: What a load of crap

The fact is that there are two versions of the events that led to the death of Mohammad Ali Sheikh i.e. Self-defence or murder. Bearing ...


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I always see this guy report very biased . This guy is taking the criminal's side indirectly .


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