In a shocking incident that happened in Mumbai’s eastern suburbs - Chunabhatti, on Sunday, a group of assailants opened fire, killing one person and leaving several others injured, including a minor.
Details of shocking incident
The Mumbai police control was alerted about the incident at around 3:30 pm regarding an alleged firing. When a team from Chunabhatti police reached the spot, they found at least 10 empty bullets on the ground of the Azad Galli area, while several people were lying unattended, with gunshots on their bodies.
According to the police, one known face among the injured was Pappu, alias Sumeet Yerunkar, a notorious figure with a long history of criminal activities, including extortion and half-murder charges. Pappu, 45, a resident of Sion-Chunabhatti, was shot in his stomach and thigh.
Four other people were lying next to Pappu, who was shot during the firing. All five, including Pappu and a minor girl, were immediately taken to Sion Hospital, but Pappu was declared dead before arrival by the hospital authorities.
The injured are identified as Trisha Sharma, 8, who was shot in her left hand. Madan Patil, 54, was shot in the right thigh, Roshan Lokhande, 30, was shot in the left thigh, and Aakash Khadagle, 31, was shot in his right arm. All of them are locals, confirmed the police.
Shortly after, the crime branch and the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrived at the spot, while subsequently, the local police conducted the spot punchnama. According to witnesses, the group of assailants consisted of three to four people, armed, and following a short conversation with Pappu, they started firing randomly.
Exact motive to be uncovered
“The target was mainly Pappu alias Sumeet, but the exact motive will be uncovered during the investigation,” said a police official on the spot.
“All the injured persons are stable. The accused have been identified, nine teams have been formed, and they are searching for the accused persons. The reason for firing is personal rivalry,” DCP Hemraj Singh Rajput said, Zone 6.