Two unidentified men allegedly fired at an employee at a restaurant in Vile Parle with a pistol-like weapon and left a card with a threat to kill the owner on Friday night. The Vile Parle police have found a bullet casing at the spot.
According to the police, the shooter claimed to have been sent by fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari. Even as no one was injured in the ostensible firing , the police have registered a case of attempt to murder. The police have recovered the front portion of a bullet made of lead from the spot.
Officials said the unidentified man arrived on a bike with an accomplice. The accused showed up at the entrance of Gajalee restaurant in Vile Parle (east) around 10.35 pm. Based on the complaint registered at the police station, the accused had covered his face with a handkerchief and was wearing a black cap. He stopped at the pastry counter and handed the attendant a card.
The accused told him, ‘Tere andar ke baap ko dena aur call nahi kiya toh upar bhej denge. (Give it to your boss and if he doesn’t call, we will kill him).’ After leaving the card, he pulled out a pistol-like weapon which he aimed at the attendant and left soon after.
It was only a few minutes after he left, that the attendant found a pistol stub on the floor while cleaning up.
The employee brought this to the notice of the owner of the restaurant, officials said. Subsequently the police was also alerted.
The police have sent the bullet piece to the Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory for a ballistic test to ascertain the make of the firearm.
The police are looking for witnesses to put together a sequence of events.