Fernandes was lying in a pool of blood with injuries to his chest, back, hands and neck when locals took him to Sion hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Fernandes, a history-sheeter, used to pilfer electric and water supply from the main connections provided to their area and sell them to locals for a price, said police.
“A group known as the Bondawala gang was also involved in the business of pilfering these resources. There were regular clashes between Fernandes and the gang. We suspect that they could have killed Fernandes,” said Nagesh Jadhav, senior inspector, Wadala TT police.
“Condor Bondawala, the gang leader, owned rows of chawls in Vijay Nagar. There was competition between him and Fernandes’ men, thus they never got along,” said an official from Wadala TT police requesting anonymity.
The police have detained four gang members and are questioning them to ascertain if they had any role to play in the murder. The police are also recording the statement of Fernandes’ wife. The police have registered a case of murder against unidentified people under section 302 of the IPC.