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It’s foul play, he must have had motive: Family

The family of Shyam Padvi (30), who was accidentally shot by a fellow constable in Bandra (West) on Wednesday morning, has alleged foul play in his death.

mumbai Updated: May 06, 2010 01:32 IST
Shahkar Abidi

The family of Shyam Padvi (30), who was accidentally shot by a fellow constable in Bandra (West) on Wednesday morning, has alleged foul play in his death.

“How could the bullet have entered so neatly from his mouth,” said Padvi’s cousin Nilesh Chavan. “There is surely something fishy in the incident.”

The family is demanding a forensic examination of the body and the 9 mm pistol that was misfired by 27-year-old QRT commando Shekhar Dighe.

Padvi’s young wife Poonam (25) — the couple was married last May — was inconsolable and could not speak. The couple had no children.

Responding to the family’s allegations, Senior Police Inspector P. George of Bandra police station said all eyewitnesses’ statements were being recorded.

“We are speaking to all those who were present to find out exactly what happened,” he said.

The Padvis are originally from Nashik. Shyam and Poonam moved to Mumbai four years ago. The victim’s father, a constable in Nashik, is also with the Motor Transport Department.

“The accused must have had some motive for firing at Padvi,” a distraught Chavan said on Wednesday afternoon. “We just want the police to give us justice.”

Another relative added that if the family was not satisfied with the police investigation, they would approach higher-ups on the force.

Police sources said the family would not at first allow the body to be moved from Bhabha hospital.

“On the request of senior police officials, they allowed it to be transferred to JJ hospital for an autopsy,” the official said.