A petty argument that turned ugly prompted the general secretary of the Congress South Central unit to fire a round outside his Sion Koliwada office on Monday, the police said.
The police arrested Congress office bearer John Rebello (45) on Monday evening for firing from his licensed pistol after an
argument with locals, Ramchandra Patil (47) and Raju Patel (45).
The police said that Rebello was closing his air-conditioner retail shop when he saw Patil and Patel and two other men outside his shop.
“The four men had bought liquor from a nearby shop and were settling down for a drink. Because Patil and the others were talking loudly, Rebello thought that they were abusing him and confronted them,” said Inspector Shantanu Pawar, of the Sion police station.
“But when Patil clarified that they were not talking about him, Rebello started rebuking them for drinking outside his shop.”
When Patil and Patel insisted that it was public place and did not belong to Rebello, an argument broke out.
“In a fit of rage, Rebello fired a round from his pistol [.32 bore],” said Pawar.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Baviskar said that that there was no previous enmity between Patil and Rebello.
“Patil and his friends were acquainted with Rebello as they live in the same area at Sion Koliwada,” said Baviskar.
The police have seized Rebello’s licensed pistol.
Patil, who works as a guard at a private security agency, later lodged a police complaint alleging that Rebello had fired at him and the bullet had missed him by a whisker.
Rebello was booked for attempt to murder.
“As Rebello has misused the weapon, his licence would be cancelled in due course,” Baviskar said.