Five days after unidentified men barged into a Shiv Sena leader’s office here and shot at him, police have still not been able to ascertain the identity of the assailants.
One of the assailants was also killed in the incident, but police have not been able to identify him. The only lead they have is a tattoo on his left hand, which bears the initials ‘MR.’
On November 23, four men entered the office of Shiv Sena city unit chief Arvind Walekar alias Balu Walekar's office and shot at him. While Walekar survived, his bodyguard was killed on the spot. One of assailants was also killed in the shootout.
YA Yashod, the assistant commissioner of police, Crime Branch, Kalyan, said that the attack was a planned one. “The mastermind is someone who knows the working of the police. We haven’t found single clue from the assailant’s body. Two foreign-made revolvers, two magazines of bullets were recovered from him. His clothes were all new and readymade. The only distinct thing is the tattoo on his hand,” Yashod said.
The police have circulated information of the tattoo, along with the photograph of the assailant, to all police stations in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Nashik. “We are hoping for a breakthrough soon,” said Yashod.
Police are also trying to investigate if someone known to Walekar had tipped the accused off. On that day, Walekar had attended a programme nearby and then come to the Shiv Sena office. There is no fixed time at which Walekar comes to the office. However, within twenty minutes of his arrival, the assailants arrived and attacked him.
Police have so far questioned around 50 people with regard to the shooting. They are also probing Gulab Karanjule, former president of the Ambernath Municipal Council.
Walekar had lodged a complaint at the Shivaji Nagar Police station, in which he named four persons, including Karanjule, as accused in the case. He suspected their involvement in planning the attack. The other three — Shiv Sena leader Ramesh Bhagat, alias Mama, Shyam Gaikwad, the secretary of Republican Party of India, and Kabir Gaikwad. Bhagar, Shyam and Kabir are absconding.