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Owners deny enmity, rivalry

mumbai Updated: Jul 14, 2010 01:55 IST
Shahkar Abidi

The Kukreja family, the owners of London Wines Pvt Ltd, are in a state of shock, after Tuesday’s firing incident.

“I am surprised at why our shop was attacked,” said Gulab Kukreja, shop owner Anand Kukreja’s son. The police have said they suspect the firing to be a result of enmity and business rivalry, but the Kukreja family vehemently denies that they have any enemies. “We have never got any threat or ransom call and we don’t have enmity with anyone,” said another family member, requesting anonymity.

Family members said the manager, Ajit Punjwani, who was shot at, has been working with them for more than a decade and that he too never had at enmity with anyone.

Panjwani’s family, who is at KEM hospital where he is recuperating, is also aghast. “I was shocked to hear about the firing. Thank god my son is out of danger now,” said Panjwani’s mother Sunita.

Police sources said they are investigating whether the incident took place because of a property issue, as a developer had approached the Pune-based landlady of the shop for building a skyscraper on that plot.