Man shot, woman hurt as ‘thief’ opens fire

An offence of murder and attempt to murder have been lodged against Pillai at Cuffe Parade police station.

| Mumbai | Published: September 2, 2014 3:01 am

A 46-year-old man was shot dead and a 50-year-old woman injured in gunfire in their homes in a Cuffe Parade slum on Sunday night.

The attacker fled the scene and is still at large, while the motive for the shooting is also unclear, the police said.

According to the police, the deceased, Michael Benjamin Swami who worked as fish unloader at Cuffe Parade lived alone in Geeta Nagar slum colony in Cuffe Parade. The suspect, Selvaraj Pillai (38) a driver by profession, who is known to Swami, visited him at his home on Sunday evening.

“Pillai and his wife had both recently lost their jobs and were under financial strain. He and Swami had known each for several years as both had grown up in Geeta Nagar,” said Sharad Barde, senior inspector, Cuffe Parade police station.

The police said that Pillai visited Swami around 7 pm on Sunday and asked for some money. “Swami must have refused to give him money and got into an argument with Pillai. It seems that Pillai shot with his country made revolver, hitting Swami in the face and another into the roof, and then ran away,” Barde said.

The other bullet hit Shobha Parsevad who lives on a ground plus one structure above Swami’s house. While Parsevad is out of danger, Swami was pronounced dead upon arrival at G. T. Hospital after being shot, the police said.

An offence of murder and attempt to murder have been lodged against Pillai at Cuffe Parade police station.

“Pillai has several cases of petty theft registered against him. He would move around with a revolver. As a lot of residents of Geeta Nagar know him, we are making inquiries with them about his present location. The motive will be clear once he is caught,” Barde said.

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