A US national out on a morning walk was attacked by three motorcycle-borne robbers in Powai on Tuesday. The 51-year-old victim, working with Larsen and Toubro (L&T), fought back and punched two assailants before they fled from the spot.
According to the police, the incident took place near National Institute of Industrial Engineering in Powai when the victim – David Parish – had stepped out from his hotel for a walk at 6.30am. The Powai police have registered a case against three unknown persons.
The police said Parish, vice president of L&T, came to Mumbai from the United States on Monday for some official work and was staying in Ramada Hotel in Powai. Parish was walking on Chandshah Ali Dargah Road when three people with faces covered came on a bike and stopped Parish.
“One of them got down from the bike and demanded money from Parish. When he said he had no money, the second person got down from the bike and attacked him with a sharp weapon,” said a police officer, adding that Parish then punched one on the jaw. When he hit another suspect they fled from the spot.”
Parish then informed L&T staff members and was taken to L&T hospital.
“Parish, along with his L&T staff, approached the Powai police. We have recorded his statement and lodged a complaint against three suspects for attempt to robbery, assault and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),” said MM Dahikar, deputy commissioner of police (Zone X).
“We will improve police patrolling in the area where people go for morning and evening walk. The patrolling is being done by beat marshals. We will increase patrolling near five star hotels where foreigners live and go for morning walk,” said senior police inspector Yadavrao Jadhav of the Powai police station.
An L&T staff member, who was with Parish, refused to comment.