Three men barged into the office of a builder in New Panvel on Tuesday, beat up the office boy and fired a shot. They demanded that the builder call an international number and talk to “bhai”.
The police suspect it to be a case of mistaken identity and said the Ravi Pujari gang might be involved.
The incident took place around 11 am at Prajapati Cascade building in Sector One of New Panvel, where the builder, Manoj Prajapati, has his office.
“Three men came on a motorcycle and barged into the office. They beat up the office boy, Satish Patil, and asked him to tell Prajapati to call an international number,” said Hemant Patil, a friend of the builder.
They fired a round on the ground before fleeing.
Prajapati has recently started work on a 15-storey building at Vachumbe village in Panvel.
“He did have some supply problems with the locals, but that is unlikely the reason for the firing. This seems to be a case of mistaken identity with the culprits believing that Manoj (Prajapati) was related to the more famous Prajapati group,” Patil added.
Suresh Bhosle, senior police inspector of Panvel police station said: “He is a small builder and we believe this is a case of mistaken identity.”
“There had been information of threats to some builders by the Ravi Pujari gang and we are working on it.”
No one was injured in the incident and no arrests have been made.