Two south Mumbai businessmen were arrested from Malad for firing two rounds in the air and for illegal possession of arms early on Wednesday.
The incident took place on Tuesday night after Churchgate resident Dilip Bombaywala (38) and Pratik Boradia (42) from Kemps Corner met at Link Road in Malad (West) to drink because Wednesday — the last day of the Ganpati festival — was a dry day.
At 1.30 am, after dinner and drinks, they were wandering on the pavement near Garden View Hotel when Bombaywala, who has an arms licence, fished out his foreign-make 6.36-barrel pistol, the police said. The pistol had seven live rounds.
Showing off his pistol to his friend, a drunk Bombaywala fired two rounds in the air. He then gave Boradia the pistol to take a shot, a police official said, requesting anonymity.
Locals called the police who rushed to the spot and arrested them. “The two men were drunk and fired in the air just for fun, to flaunt the firearm,” said inspector Rajaram Prabhu of Malad police station.
While Bombaywala was charged with misfiring, Boradia was charged with illegal possession of arms because he does not have a licence. Both have been booked under the Arms Act. The police said they found two live rounds from Boradia and recovered two empty cartridges from the spot.