A 27-year-old man, Durga Swami Shirke, was stabbed to death at Indira Nagar in Borivli East, around 4 am on Friday. The victim was sleeping outside his hut when he was allegedly attacked with a sword by the accused, Gurraiya alias Guru Dasari (40). The motive is said to be revenge over personal enmity.
According to the police, Shirke had four cuts—on his face, neck and legs. The accused fled from the spot immediately.
Hearing Shirke's screams, his sister, who was sleeping inside the hut, rushed out along with a few neighbours. He was rushed to Babasaheb Ambedkar hospital in Kandivli West.
"Shirke was bleeding profusely. The doctors declared him dead before he was admitted," said Bharat Worlikar, Senior PI, Kasturba Marg station.
The police said the two used to have frequent fights in the neighbourhood since 2006. "They used to have tiffs after getting drunk almost everyday, and used to abuse and beat each other up. The night before the murder, Shirke and Gurraiya had another drunken brawl and Gurraiya allegedly threatened to kill Shirke," added Worlikar.
Shirke lived with his brother and sister and worked in a security agency. Gurraiya is a rickshaw driver. Both are from Solapur.
The Kasturba Marg police have registered a case of murder after arresting the accused from the neighbourhood.
Shirke has a few cases of assault and possession of illegal weapons registered against him. "We are investigating whether Gurraiya has any criminal records," said Worlikar.