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Two injured in knife attack inside Mumbai court

In a sensational incident, an accused attacked his two co-accused with a knife in front of a magistrate during a court hearing here on Wednesday, officials said.

The incident happened in Bhoiwada Court No 5 when Harischandra Shirkar, who is accused in an assault case, was brought along with two other co-accused Mahesh and Naresh.

The trio was granted bail by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S.J. Biyani after their scheduled hearing.

Apparently angered by the bail granted to Mahesh and Naresh, Shirkar suddenly whipped out a knife from his pocket, lunged at them and slashed them on their heads, as the stunned policemen, judicial officers and people looked on.

A team of Bhoiwada police, which was accompanying the accused, immediately caught Shirkar, 67, and whisked him off. He has been placed under arrest.

Mahesh and Naresh were taken to the nearby KEM Hospital, where they are reported to be stable and out of danger.

Senior officials are probing security lapses as to how Shirkar managed to smuggle in a knife inside a courtroom.