A 41-year-old union leader allegedly killed two Shiv Sena activists in Bhiwandi on Tuesday to avenge his brother’s murder.
Sujit Patil, who runs a union for warehouse workers on the Mumbai-Nashik highway, allegedly shot Sena shakha pramukh Vijay Utradkar (32) and party worker, Rajesh Patil (36), at Kridanagar, Dive at around 11 pm.
Both died on the spot.
Police Sub Inspector A.P. Patil from Narpoli police station said, “Sujit murdered the two because of a business enmity and a personal grudge. Ajit was murdered last month and Rajesh and Utradkar were the main accused in the case. Hence, Sujit murdered the two to take revenge for his brother’s murder,” he said.
The police officer said Dive is a hub for big warehouses employing at least 10,000 people. “Rajesh, Utradkar and Sujit ran workers’ unions in the area. Rajesh and Utradkar often clashed with Sujit and his younger brother Ajit when it came to enlisting new workers in their respective unions,” he said. Police said on Tuesday Sujit called the duo to Dive on the pretext of arriving at a compromise. When they reached, he whipped out his revolver and shot them. The police are looking for Sujit, who has been absconding.