Two killed in attempt on life of Shiv Sena leader

Four persons, armed with sten-guns, entered Shiv Sena`s office in Ambernath and opened fire at the party`s local unit chief Arvind Walekar.

Updated: Nov 24, 2011, 08:27 AM IST

Thane: Two persons were killed during an attempt on the life of a local Shiv Sena leader at Ambernath town here Wednesday night, police said.

Four unidentified persons, armed with sten-guns, entered Shiv Sena`s office in Ambernath and opened fire at the party`s local unit chief Arvind Walekar injuring him, they said.

Walekar`s bodyguards quickly surrounded him and one of them was fatally hit by a bullet, police said.

The bodyguards too fired killing one of the assailants, they said.

The two deceased are yet to be identified.

Walekar has been admitted to a local hospital, police said.

It is suspected that the firing is a result of previous enmity, they said, adding police have launched a manhunt for the attackers.

Walekar, a former president of the Ambernath Municipal Council, was named as an accused in a criminal case but was subsequently acquitted by the Sessions Court.

Security has been stepped up at Ambernath, located on the outskirts of Mumbai, following the incident, police said.

PTI