A local Shiv Sena leader from Navi Mumbai was allegedly shot at by two people on Sunday evening.
Krishna Nadar (28), the victim, was a former deputy chief of the Shiv Sena’s Airoli unit, said locals. However, this could not be confirmed.
Nadar survived the shooting.
The incident took place around 7.15 pm at Sector 2 in Airoli at a playground near Dnyandeep School.
Nadar reportedly had a police record.
Locals said Nadar, a Sainathwadi resident in Airoli, had sat down for a drink with some people after playing cricket at the ground.
An unconfirmed source said Nadar had had a dispute with some locals a year and a half ago during a marriage ceremony.
“The men who were having a drink with him wanted to settle the dispute. However, things went awry and a heated exchange ensued.”
“One of them whipped out a revolver and shot Nadar in his stomach. Two more shots were fired but they missed him,” sources said, adding that the men then fled the spot.
A motorcycle belonging to one of the men was left behind which was set afire by Nadar’s men.
Nadar was taken to Wockhardt Hospital in Mulund, where doctors declared him out of danger.
“Nadar was playing cricket all day. Later in the evening, he was sitting near the ground when two of his acquaintances came there,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe, who visited the shooting site.
“They fired at him and fled,” Dudhe added.
Sources claimed the two attackers — Pappu Dhanawade and Raju Dhanawade — were residents of Sainathwadi.
The police, however, did not confirm the names of the alleged shooters.
“We have their names but it will not be proper to disclose them at this juncture as it will harm our investigation,” said Dudhe.