Senior citizen shot dead in Mumbai

A 74-year-old man was on Saturday shot dead by a suspected contract killer.

Mumbai: A 74-year-old man was on Saturday shot
dead by a suspected contract killer allegedly at the behest of
an underworld gangster in suburban Goregaon, the second firing
incident in the city this week, police said.

The assailant shot dead Angare Pujari (74), owner of
Monginis cake shop in the suburb, from a close range when he
was at the bakery this afternoon.

The shooter was overpowered by passersby and the staff,
who later handed him over to police while Angare was rushed to
a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.

According to police, the accused Kushal Sharma (29) had
gone to the shop where he ate a pastry and requested for a
chocolate. After a while, he went to cash counter where Angare
was sitting.

"He then whipped out a revolver and fired one round at
Angare with the bullet hitting the victim`s neck. The shocked
staff and passersby caught hold of the accused till police
reached the spot. The profusely bleeding Angare was rushed to
nearby private hospital where he was declared dead," said
Surendra Paithankar, senior inspector at Goregoan Police

A revolver and three live rounds were recovered from the
accused, police said.

Additional Police Commissioner Ramrao Pawar said, "We
suspect he may have killed the victim at the behest of some

The deceased, who used to run a local club earlier, had a
year ago received extortion calls from gangster Hemant Pujari,
police said.

"We are probing the murder case from all angles including
if Hemant Pujari was behind his killing. The accused is not
co-operating with us," another officer added.

Crime branch officials were also interrogating the
arrested accused, police said.

Police suspect the accused might have had an associate at
the time of murder. "Sharma`s associate might have escaped
after the public nabbed him," Pawar said.

In a similar incident on Monday, two gunmen, claiming to
be members of the Ravi Pujari gang, opened fire and killed two
employees of a Mumbai-based developer, Sudhakar Shetty, at the
site of an under-construction building in Andheri, police

The two, posing as courier personnel, had entered the
construction site and headed for the makeshift office where
site supervisor Yogesh Sule (29) and engineer Samrat Devarsia
(28) were working. According to police, the two staffers were
fired at from close range.


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