Phone in pocket saves bizman from developer’s bullet in Mumbai

  • Faisal Tandel, Thane
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2015 00:37 IST

A 45-year-old businessman from Dombivli survived after a bullet was fired at him when it hit the mobile phone kept in the back pocket of his trousers. The Manpada police have arrested a 39-year-old developer from Dombivli who had fired the round and are looking for two of the accused who had accompanied him and assaulted the complainant.

The police said the complainant, Kamal Yadav, 45, owns a medical store in Dombivli and is a resident of Dombivli, while the accused, identified as Jitendra Mhatre, 39, is a developer and also a resident of Dombivli in Manpada. The incident took place late Tuesday outside Guru Krupa Bar on Kalyan Shil Road in the jurisdiction of Manpada police station Dombivli (East).

Yadav in his statement to the police said he was heading to the washroom of the bar when Mhatre brushed him by mistake. “Yadav apologised to Mhatre and was about to leave when an enraged Mhatre got into a heated argument with him. Yadav left the bar and came out, but the two accused accompanying Mhatre came after him and started assaulting him badly. Later, Mhatre, who seemed drunk, came to the spot and fired at Yadav. The bullet was aimed at Yadav’s leg but hit the mobile phone in his pocket first before it reached his leg, leaving him with a minor injury,” said a police officer from Manpada police station.

A case has been registered at Manpada police station in Dombivli under section 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and different sections of the Arms Act.

“Yadav has been admitted to a private hospital in Dombilvi for treatment of the injury he suffered. We have arrested Mhatre who claims that he fired a round from his licensed revolver,” said a police officer.

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