Mumbai cops discover truth behind firing at autorickshaw driver in Chembur

The Tilak Nagar police have discovered the truth behind a firing that took place on Thursday.

Victim Salim Shaikh
Victim Salim Shaikh

Salim Shaikh, 38, an autorickshaw driver, claimed to be fired at from an unknown car in Chembur, and had been admitted to Shatabdi Hospital, Chembur. Following a ballistics report of a broken window at a relative's house, the relative was arrested on Saturday.

On June 16, the Tilak Nagar police registered an attempt to murder case against an unknown person. Shaikh said he was hit on his arm at Ghatkopar-Man-khurd Link Road, possibly from a black Scorpio car that was driving past.

The police became suspicious when they found out that CCTV cameras on that stretch of the road had not recorded any Scorpio. Neither did they find any empty bullet cartridge.

Instead, they found a broken window at the residence of Shridhar Ramdas Adhav, 35, chairperson of a school in Shivaji Nagar and Shaikh's distant relative.

His wife told them that children had hit a cricket ball, which had shattered the windowpane. "Forensic experts were called in and the ballistics report confirmed that the window was broken after a bullet had hit it," said Shahaji Umap, DCP Zone VI.

"On June 16, an argument broke out between the two, and Adhav opened fire on Shaikh with his licensed revolver," he said. The cartridge hit Shaikh's arm and then pierced the window.

Sources reveal that among the various motives are a financial dispute, a past rivalry or an alleged affair between Shaikh and Adhav's spouse. Adhav has been arrested under sections 307 of the IPC, and 3 and 25 of the Arms Act, and will be in custody for three days.

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