The Colaba-based property dealer, who was attacked on Sunday, has been provided police protection.
“Since this is the second time that she has been targeted because of a property dispute we have given her 24 hour police protection,” said Iqbal Shaikh, assistant commissioner of police (Colaba).
An unidentified hired shooter fired a round outside the house of 42-year-old Ritu Bhatia who stays alone on the fourth floor at Mohini Mansion near Strand Cinema.
The police, on Monday, registered a case of attempt to murder against four people from Lonavla. Two suspects, Anil Kalekar and A Nalawade both real estate agents, were arrested. “Based on the description given by the arrested duo and Bhatia, we have prepared a sketch of the shooter and are circulating it across all the police stations in the city to nab him,” said police sub inspector, Nitin Surve from the Colaba police station.
Bhatia’s statement to the police said she had purchased a 14-acre plot in Lonavla for Rs 7 crore. “There was a dispute between Bhatia and the arrested duo over the plot. Bhatia had been earlier targeted in 2006, when the accused had sent a hired goon to fire at her car,” said Surve.
The police have sent the bullet recovered from the spot for forensic analysis to ascertain the make of the weapon that was used to fire outside Bhatia’s door.
“Bhatia escaped getting shot on Sunday only because of her presence of mind,” said Surve. Bhatia heard the doorbell and opened the door with the chain attached. As soon as she saw the assailant with a gun, she shut the door.