Murder over jumping queue: Accused not of unsound mind

A 60-year-old man, Ashok Chavan, arrested on Monday for allegedly murdering a young man, Ajay Khamkar, at Bharatmata Cinema following a quarrel over jumping the ticket-counter queue, has been remanded in police custody till January 18, police said on Tuesday.

"He underwent a medical test on Monday and was produced in a magistrate court on Tuesday. He has not been found to be suffering from any mental illness," said Vikram Patil, senior inspector, Bhoiwada police station.

Chavan, a coconut vendor, has been living in Ghatkopar West with his brother after his wife and two children left him five years ago, police said.

On Monday, he had gone to Bharatmata Cinema in Parel to watch Marathi movie Balak Palak and allegedly got into a scuffle with Ajay Khamkar and his brother. The reason for the altercation was Chavan trying to cut into a queue just ahead of the Khamkar brothers. Chavan allegedly grabbed a knife from a coconut vendor nearby and stabbed Ajay.

Ajay's body was taken to his native Wai by his family on Monday after post-mortem, Patil added.

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