Cops make sketches of two accused
The Santacruz police have prepared sketches of the two persons, who allegedly opened fire in the premises of the Eshwar Garden building in Santacruz (West) on Saturday. The developer of Acme Group, Pravin Doshi, resides in the building.mumbai Updated: Aug 30, 2010 01:39 IST
The Santacruz police have prepared sketches of the two persons, who allegedly opened fire in the premises of the Eshwar Garden building in Santacruz (West) on Saturday. The developer of Acme Group, Pravin Doshi, resides in the building.
The police not only suspect that the firing was ordained by fugitive underworld kingpin Ravi Pujari, but the shooters involved were those who had also opened fire at Mahesh Notandass Jewellers, located in Andheri (W), on July 14.
The police said that two men arrived at the building in an auto rickshaw on Saturday night.
They handed over a letter to the security guard, asking him to give it to Doshi.
They then fired three shots in the air. No one was injured. The police said that the hoodlums fired in order to scare their target, Doshi. The letter contained an international phone number, police said.
The men had hired the auto rickshaw from S. V. Road, barely a kilometre from the Eshwar Garden building.
"We have traced the auto rickshaw driver and based on his description we have prepared the sketches of the duo," said Senior Police Inspector Madhukar Chaudhari, of Santacruz police station.
In his statement to the police, Pradeep Chaudhary, the watchman of the building, said that the duo appeared to be in their twenties.
Only one of them alighted from the auto while the other remained seated.
After firing, he ran to the vehicle and threatened the driver to flee the spot.
They got off at Vile Parle station, the auto rickshaw driver told the police.
Doshi had received extortion calls in July, following which he had been provided police protection at his office in Juhu, but denied the same at his residence.
This the fourth extortion-related firing incident reported from the western suburbs (Khar, DN Nagar and Oshiwara) since June this year.
So far, the police have not detected a single case.
First Published: Aug 30, 2010 01:37 IST