3 held for firing at Parel wine shop
The three people who allegedly planned a robbery and firing at a wine shop in Parel in July were arrested on Sunday.mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2010 01:17 IST
The three people who allegedly planned a robbery and firing at a wine shop in Parel in July were arrested on Sunday.
The footage acquired from the CCTV cameras installed inside the shop helped the Bhoiwada police nab the trio.
The accused have been identified as Krishnanand Pradhan (25), Subhash Jaina (20) and Prabhoday Sharma (29).
Sharma, the owner of a salon in Lalbaug, is said to be the mastermind behind the crime. The three have been charged with attempted robbery and under the Arms Act.
On July 13, two of the accused approached Ajit Panjwani, manager of London Wines at Parel.
One of them asked for a bottle of alcohol and when Panjwani got up from his seat, one of the accused fired three rounds of bullets at him,
injuring him on the shoulder and hip.
Police added that the duo then ran in opposite directions. A constable on duty chased one of them, but he managed to flee.
Deputy Commissioner of police (Zone V) Sanjay Baviskar said Sharma who wanted to earn quick money planned to rob the shop. He hired the other two accused — both natives of Orissa.
Police said Sharma gave an initial token of Rs 15,000 to Pradhan and Jaina to purchase a revolver and execute the plan.
“According to their, plan, it was Pradhan who fired at the manager,” said Baviskar.
The police have not been able to ascertain whether the arrested accused were involved in the previous two cases of theft and firing at the same shop.