While Krishna Shetty’s family believes that a Rs 5 coin saved his life from a bullet aimed at his heart, the police are not confirming this story.
Krishna’s wife Kusum said that her husband, a Kalina-based video parlour owner, had a providential escape from certain death as a five-rupee-coin in his wallet took the brunt of a bullet, which otherwise would have pierced his heart.
“The coin saved him,” Kusum told Hindustan Times.
“We have not come across any such findings during our investigation. We will have to check with the victim who is still battling for life,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Arvind Mahabadi told HT on Sunday.
Krishna was shifted from the Guru Nanak Hospital at Bandra (East), where he was earlier admitted, to Hinduja Hospital at Mahim, on Sunday after his condition worsened.
Director, Medical Services at Hinduja Hospital, Gustad Davar said that Shetty was in the ICU, but stable. “He had been hit by two bullets. One in the thigh has been removed before he was brought here,” Davar said.
“The other, which is still lodged near his liver would be operated on later,” Davar added.
On Thursday, Shetty and his neighbour Nicholas Gomes were talking outside the former’s video parlour when a group of hoodlums, suspected to be three in number, fired a volley of bullets from a moving vehicle.
While one of the bullets hit Gomes, Shetty took two. Gomes is out of danger.
The police suspect the miscreants mistook Shetty for a hotelier from Kalina who had been receiving extortion demands for some time.
No arrests were made till Sunday.