Mumbai: A 35-year-old man, Manoj Maurya, was shot dead by an unknown assailant on Friday morning at Senapati Bapat Marg in Dadar. Police suspect the assailant had called the victim for a meeting, in order to bump him off. Maurya worked as a repair and maintenance technician for weighing machines that are used in wholesale markets. He was shot dead outside Mhatre Pen building near Pramod Mahajan garden on Friday, at 7.30 am.
He received a call from an alleged customer on Friday morning, asking him to come to Dadar Plaza earlier than usual, as there was a weighing machine in need of urgent repair. Maurya usually reached the place at 8 am. But instead of going to Dadar Plaza, Manoj was on his way to Tulsi Pipe Road when he was shot.
He was rushed to the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital at Parel by his brother Sanjay, who spotted him lying in a pool of blood on the road, as he happened to be passing by in a taxi.Manoj lived with his family at Sai Siddhi building, Bhavani Shankar Road, Dadar (W). He is survived by his parents, wife Bhavna, 28, and their son Sarthak,7.
Speaking to The Free Press Journal, an inconsolable Sanjay said, “I do not know why someone had to kill my brother in this brutal manner. He was a good person and had no enemies. Police are not telling us anything about the investigation.”Diwakar Shelke, Senior Police Inspector, Dadar police station, said, “We are going through CCTV footage of the incident. We are trying to find out if Manoj had any enmity with anyone or any financial dealings or debts. We are also looking for eyewitnesses in the case.
So far, we have not been able to identify the accused through CCTV footage. We are going through Manoj’s Call Detail Records (CDRs) to ascertain the caller’s identity.”A case has been registered for murder (Section 302) of the Indian Penal Code and possession of arms (Sections 3 and 25) of the Arms Act. The Mauryas hail from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.