A 19-year-old boy working as a sweeper in a Thane-based complex was shot to death by an unidentified assailant on Thursday night, in the jurisdiction of Vartak Nagar police station. The Vartak Nagar police have registered a case, and say that they are investigating the case on the basis of three different leads.
According to the police, the complainant, a 14-year-old girl and the deceased, Arjun Ashok Tushamkar (19), are residents of Wagle estate, Thane, and both work in Runwal Plaza complex in Vartak Nagar as sweepers.
In her complaint, the police allegedly claimed that on Thursday night, after leaving work, they went to a temple, and then had dinner outside, before heading out for their homes. The shooting is said to have taken place when he went to buy a cigarette, on the way home.
“The complainant is suspected to be the girlfriend of the deceased. According to her statement, Arjun went to buy a cigarette but didn’t return for 15 minutes, after which she called him. He told her that he had met one of his close friends, and that he would come back after talking to him. Soon afterwards, the teenager was shot at. While the complainant says that she heard two shots being fired, there was only one wound on the body of the deceased,” said a senior police official from Vartak Nagar police station. The girl also mentioned in her statement that she saw someone fleeing the scene of crime.
The incident occurred at 11:30pm on Thursday night. He was taken to a private hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. His body has been taken to JJ Hospital for a post-mortem.
“The girl is the only witness in the case, as she was nearby when the boy was shot. No other witness has come forward with any clues. We have found three leads, and are investigating them, as there is no CCTV footage from the spot,” said the official.
The Vartak Nagar police registered a case late on Thursday night under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Arms Act.