Diamond merchant arrested for opening fire in Andheri pub

The Amnoli police arrested a diamond merchant after he allegedly opened fire in a pub in Andheri on Thursday.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:May 31, 2014 2:46 am

The Amnoli police arrested a diamond merchant after he allegedly opened fire in a pub in Andheri on Thursday night.

The bullet, fired from a licensed revolver of the suspect, brushed past the manager’s leg, the police said.

The police said the incident took place around 12.15 am at Club Escape, New Link Road. The suspect, identified as Vikrant Kumar Kallodi (50), was allegedly trying to peep into the mobile phone of a 25-year-old woman.

Officers at Amboli police station said the woman reported the matter to the pub manager. When the manager, Jitendra Jha, asked Kallodi to apologise to the victim, a scuffle broke out between them. In a fit of rage, Kallodi pulled out his revolver and fired one round in the direction of Jha’s foot to threaten him.

The bullet hit the ground after brushing past Jha’s foot. The police were informed immediately. Kallodi was arrested, while Jha was admitted to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

“Kallodi, a resident of Lokhandwala, Andheri (West), stood beside the woman and kept peeping into her phone. When the woman objected, Kallodi grabbed her hand and also tapped her on her head, after which she approached the manager. Our patrolling team nabbed him within 10 minutes. He used a licensed revolver,” said Prabhakar Medhe, senior police inspector, Amboli police station.

Kallodi was arrested on charges of attempt to murder and molestation and was produced in court.

The woman, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, had come to Mumbai a week ago in search of a job.

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