A day after three unidentified men on a bike opened fire at a 46-year- old automobile garage owner in Jogeshwari (West), the Oshiwara police have booked four people and detained two of them for questioning.
The police said that preliminary investigations showed that the attack on Gajrar Yadav was over a property row.
At 9.56pm on Tuesday, three men fired three rounds at Yadav, while he was walking towards his garage in Sadhana Compound.
Two bullets hit him in his hip while one hit him below the knee.
The watchmen from the area informed the police and took Yadav to Cooper Hospital. Yadav is currently undergoing treatment at the Surgicare Hospital in Andheri (West).
Investigations have revealed that Yadav is fighting a case against Ramchandra Chaturvedi and his brother Ghanshyam over the ownership of the 1-acre Sadhana Compound plot, the value of which is estimated to be Rs10 crore. While the plot belongs to Yadav, the Chaturvedis claim that he sold it to them and is now refusing to vacate it, said the police.
Based on Yadav’s complaint, the police have registered a case against Ramchandra Chaturvedi, Ghanshyam, Noble Miranda and Lesband Miranda.
“We have detained the Chaturvedi brothers and are interrogating them for further leads in the case. The other two persons named in the FIR are untraceable. We will verify the claims made by Yadav and Chaturvedi,” said Ravikant Sawant, sub-inspector at Oshiwara police station.
When asked about the role of the Miranda brothers, the police officers said that Yadav had a fight with the two over the property four days ago and they had threatened Yadav of dire consequences.
The police have recovered the bullets and they will be sent for ballistics analysis to ascertain which firearm was used to shoot Yadav. “We have not found any eyewitness to the incident and there is no closed-circuit camera on the road,” said an official.