Two history-sheeters killed in Surat gang war

Surat: Two history-sheeters, Surya Marathe and his opponent Hardik Patel, were killed in a daring Bollywood-type gang war in broad daylight in Surat’s Katargam on Wednesday.

Police said it all began after Marathe was attacked by Patel and five others when he was at his office near Akhandanand College. He was stabbed several times with knives and other sharp objects to death. Locals said a police team reached the spot and took Marathe to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.

The Marathe gang, however, fought back and attacked the rivals, leaving Patel critically injured. Patel’s companions took him to Prannath Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police sources said CCTV footage shows members of Patel’s gang barging into Marathe’s office with knives and other sharp weapons. Learning this, his gang members retaliated by attacking Patel and his gang in Katargam area.

Patel was Marathe’s accomplice earlier, but they turned foes due to an internal dispute. Several cases relating to murder, attempt to murder, extortion, robbery, land frauds, among others, have been registered
against both in recent years.