A 38-year-old driver of a former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA, Milind Kamble, opened fire at a manager of a site, which is under construction, near Pragati Society at Kurla Junction around 4pm on Friday.
Police sources said both the driver and manager worked for the NCP leader. The leader said the incident happened because of a personal rivalry.
The driver, identified as Mangesh Shankar Waghmare, a resident of Sakharabai Shingare Chawl, in Kurla fired four rounds from a country-made pistol at 49-year-old site manager Anil Laxman Bhise.
Bhise has been taken to Sion Hospital after preliminary treatment at Rajawadi hospital, and his condition is stable, said Shahji Umap, deputy commissioner of police Zone 6.
According to police, Kamble was inside the cabin at the site when the incident occurred.
“The accused fled from the spot after the incident,” said RD Shinde, additional commissioner of police, central region. The accused was later detained by the crime branch. The pistol used by Waghmare belonged to Kamble and it was inside the car, sources said. The MLA himself rushed the injured to hospital.
The site named as ‘Imperia’ is located on the Eastern Express Highway where an 18-storey residential tower is being constructed.
Bhise had been shot on his waist and legs. “I heard a sound and thought that a tyre burst. When me and my accomplices came out after hearing the noise, Bhise told us that he had been shot at. I quickly went to my vehicle but the door was locked. Waghmare had the keys with him and he was nowhere to be seen. I immediately took Bhise to hospital,” Kamble told Hindustan times at Sion hospital.
The former MLA said that the duo were at loggerheads but he had intervened and had solved their dispute. He stated that there were disputes between them including one over a local Ganesh mandal in Chembur. “I never thought that the dispute would reach such an extent. Bhise was made the chief of the mandal, which Waghmare did not like,” he said. It was Bhise who got Waghmare his job as a driver with the MLA, sources said.