Jealous tailor stabs colleague to death, held

Blinded by professional jealousy, a man working at his uncle's tailoring shop allegedly murdered a colleague in Bhendi Bazaar on Monday .

Police said Shah Mohammad Shumiddur Rehman (35) stabbed Rehmat Mansoori (35) twice in the head with scissors and left him to bleed to death.

The body was found by shop-owner Mohammad Azhar Mohammad Razhid Shah (60) at 9 am Monday, when he opened the shop. Rehmat was rushed to JJ Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Police said Rehman was nabbed at 10 am Monday at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus while purchasing a ticket to his native place in Bihar.

He was charged with murder and remanded in police custody till January 21.

Shah told to JJ Police Rehman of from Madhubani in Bihar had been working at his shop, Esquire Tailors, since childhood. Mansoori started working there four years ago. Shah was impressed by Mansoori's work and thought him more skilled than Rehman.

"Rehman was jealous of Mansoori since he was being favoured over him by his own uncle. Shah was happy with Mansoori and gave him a lot more work," said sub-inspector Aarti Nandrekar.

She added that although Mansoori lived in Nagpada, he preferred sleeping in the shop at night and was often joined there by Rehman, who lived with Shah. Rehman and Mansoori would often drink at night and had also allegedly consumed alcohol on the night of the murder.

Police said a day before the murder, Rehman allegedly reported to work drunk and was ordered by Shah to leave and return only when he was fit to work. Rehman was furious and returned to the shop later that night, and quarrelled with Mansoori.

"He was already jealous of Mansoori. He was humiliated by his uncle in the morning. He attacked Mansoori. At 1 am, he stabbed Mansoori and fled," Nandrekar said.

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