A suspected henchman of underworld don Ravi Pujari was shot dead by the police when he was fleeing after opening fire at a prominent builder’s office in Bangalore on Saturday night.
The deceased, Chandru alias Chandrashekhar, along with his associate, had barged into the office of Mantri Developers on the Vittal Mallya road here to extort money after the builder apparently failed to respond to their calls.
Sushil Mantri, the chairman and managing director of Mantri Developers, was out of station when the firing took place.
The masked men inquired about the owner and on being informed that Mantri was not inside opened fire at the security guards.
They duo also fired six shots in the air, at windowpanes and signboards of the builder’s office, before fleeing the scene on a motorcycle. No one was hurt in the firing.
A police squad intercepted the two men around 15 km from the builder’s office and opened fire, killing Chandru, 26, one on the spot.
His associate returned fire, injuring an inspector, before escaping under cover of darkness. The police suspect he also sustained a bullet injury. A hunt is on to nab him, the police said.
Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar S. Bidari said a case of attempted murder was registered against those opening fire at the builder’s office.
The motorcycle, similar to the one used by the miscreants, was traced to Hormabu-Agara road nearly three hours after the incident.
Chandru was wanted in several petty cases of theft, chain snatching and attempted murders. Police are yet to find information linking him to Pujari.
Am investigating officer, who did not wish to be named, said the miscreants had left behind a visiting card in an envelope.
“The card had a cheetah’s image and ‘RP’ printed on it. The number printed on the card is a Dubai telephone number,” he said.
Mantri had reportedly lodged a complaint at the Cubbon Park police station about threat calls he had received last month.
Pujarai is an underworld don hailing from Mangalore and is currently holed up in Australia.
He has been targeting leading builders and businessmen, demanding a cut from their profits after threatening them.
The police said they had received at least 14 complaints about Pujari and his gang members making extortion calls in last two years.
Pujari earlier ran underworld don Chota Rajan’s business operations when the latter faced threat from Dawood Ibrahim.