Three men suspected to be from the Ravi Pujari gang shot at the watchman of a building that houses the boutique of a city-based builder at Khar on Sunday afternoon.
The police suspect the firing was aimed to threaten builder Ashok Mohani and his daughter Ekta, who owns a boutique on the ground floor of White Peacock building that is owned by Ashok.
The building’s watchman Babloo Yadav (25) sustained severe injuries on this hand but was reported to be out danger by Sunday evening.
The Khar police said, three men entered the building premises at 1 pm and approached Yadav and asked in Hindi for Ekta’s phone number.
Yadav, who was with another man, told the trio he did not have the number. Then, one of the men took out a pistol from his pocket and shot at his hand, the police said.
Yadav, who has been working with the building was the last one year, said: “The men told me to call up Ekta madam. Since I was busy I told another guard who was there to call up madam. As soon as the guard picked up the phone one of the men shouted ‘Goli maar usko (Shoot him)’.”
Ekta was not at the boutique when the incident occurred.
Amitabh Gupta, additional police commissioner of police (west zone) said the men are suspected to be from the Ravi Pujari gang as two years ago Ashok had received threat calls from the gang.
On 22 December 2007, an unidentified gunman shot an employee in the Ashok’s office at Kandivli, and left a message to call Pujari.