Mumbai: ‘Shot’ fired at eatery staffer, cops suspect extortion angle

According to the police, two persons came on a bike to Gajalee restaurant in Vile Parle East around 10.30 pm on October 21.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 23, 2016 2:38 am

Two unidentified persons allegedly ‘fired’ at a staffer of a Vile Parle-based restaurant Friday, in what appears to be a case of extortion. While no one heard the shot, a bullet was later found from the spot.

According to the police, two persons came on a bike to Gajalee restaurant in Vile Parle East around 10.30 pm on October 21. The complaint by the restaurant says that the two were wearing black caps and had their faces covered with handkerchiefs. One of the accused stopped at the pantry counter and handed the attendant a card.

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An officer said the accused told the employee, ‘Tere andar ke baap ko dena aur call nahi kiya toh upar bhej denge. (Give it to your boss and if he doesn’t call, we will murder him).’ He also pulled out a pistol-like weapon, aimed it at the attendant, and then left. While no one heard any firing, one of the attendants, while cleaning the floor later on, found a bullet shell. The restaurant authorities then contacted the Vile Parle police station. Officers who reached the restaurant found the front portion of the bullet casing from the spot.

The police suspect the duo was sent by an underworld gangster who has been making several such extortion attempts recently. A case of attempt to murder has been registered. Officers are checking CCTV cameras in the area to identify the accused and the registration number of their bike.