Sayyed Ali Madar alias Chand (55), who was shot at by unidentified gunmen on P D’Mello Road on Wednesday evening, succumbed to his injuries at St George’s Hospital on Thursday.
Police said his alleged links to the oil mafia may have led to the killing. Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said the killers appeared to be professionals. “We aren’t ruling out a supari (contract) killing,” he said.
Officers investigating the case said they had recorded the statements of Chand’s family and of witnesses, including his driver Rizwan. However, the motive remained elusive.
“We are recording the statements of Chand’s associates and rivals too as we suspect the attack was a result of a business rivalry or a financial dispute,” said a Crime Branch officer on condition of anonymity.
Roy said Chand has had several offences registered against him over the years.
On Wednesday, Chand, who owned a shipping firm and was also a clearing and forwarding agent, left his Dongri home at 11 am. Three hours later, he went to a restaurant at P D’Mello Road while Rizwan waited outside.
At 3 pm, as he was getting into his Scorpio, two men on a black motorcycle rode up to Chand and fired twice at him. They then sped away towards Sewri. “We are investigating where Chand was between 11 am and 2 pm and where his second driver was at the time of the shooting,” said the officer. “We are also getting Chand’s phone records to see whether he spoke to anyone before he was shot.”