Travelling in the car of a history-sheeter proved costly for Bhaskar Kachare, sub-jailer of Taloja state prison. MiD DAY had reported yesterday (‘Cop shot at by two gunmen near Taloja Jail’) how two bike riders opened fire on Kachare at Papdipada area on Sunday evening.
The cop, who was struck by two bullets, is receiving treatment at MGM hospital, Navi Mumbai.
Kachare was on the way to his tailor along with Anwar Abdul Patel, whom he had befriended in jail. Patel — a resident of sector 35, Ova Gaon, Kharghar — has a criminal background. He recently came out on bail after spending three years in Taloja Jail on a charges of attempted murder.
Police said that on Sunday evening, Patel — who was driving — inadvertently entered the wrong lane near the head office of Rapid Action Force (RAF) at Taloja. While changing directions he had an argument with the bikers who were coming from behind. The unidentified duo opened fire on Patel, but he managed to evade them. The bullets hit Kachare, who was sitting beside the driver.
The car belongs to Patel. Cops say he was embroiled in a property dispute at his village and they suspect someone had given a supari to kill him.
Police also have a second theory. They say Kachare also had had a tiff with Patel recently.
It is possible that the latter planned the attack on the cop. “We are investigating all possibilities. The probe is at a nascent stage. I can not comment more on this,” said assistant commissioner of police Dilip Mane.
According to sources police have picked up six men with criminal antecedents for questioning.