An unidentified man was found shot dead in a narrow lane in Dharavi on Monday afternoon.
The police were informed of the shooting around 12.50 pm. They found the man shot in the forehead and lying in a pool of blood. Investigations revealed that two shots were fired from a country-made firearm.
According to the police, the victim is around 30 to 35 years old. The police said they did not find any documents in the man’s pockets that could help them verify his identity. They suspect he may have been shot around noon in the lane near Milan Hotel.
The police suspect that the assailants took the victim’s phone and other possessions after killing him. “A woman returning from work saw the corpse and informed the police,” said Suryakant Bangar, senior police inspector, Dharavi police station.
The police were surprised by the lack of witnesses as the area is densely populated owing to a cluster of slums. “There are no CCTV cameras in the vicinity. We are, however, checking the footage at nearby roads for clues,” said a police officer.
Police suspect that the victim may have ducked or resisted after he was shot at, which led the assailants to fire another round.
“We questioned local residents. However, nobody could provide us with information about the victim,” said a crime branch officer.
The police said they hope the victim’s relatives will approach them looking for him. A description of the victim has been circulated to all police stations in the city. The police registered a case of murder against unidentified people. The crime branch has started a parallel investigation into the matter.