A police sub-inspector attached to the central prison at Taloja suffered a bullet injury after unidentified assailants opened fire on the car he was travelling in with a friend in Navi Mumbai on Sunday. Security was tightened and police check-points set up across the city following the attack to nab the accused who are on the run.
The firing took place around 6 pm near the Rapid Action Force (RAF) camp in Taloja,the Navi Mumbai police said. Bhaskar Satre was headed towards Taloja with friend Anwar Sheikh in a Maruti Swift when the assailants opened fire,officers said.
The police said they were ascertaining how the attack was executed. Navi Mumbai CP A K Sharma said it appeared that a single round was fired. Satre suffered a bullet wound on the right side of his torso and was admitted in a hospital in Kamothe. The police are also questioning Sheikh on the sequence of events.
Sheikh has some criminal cases registered against him. We are questioning him to find out if he was the target, said Sharma.
At this stage,two possibilities are being explored. The firing may have been pre-planned or this could be a case of road rage. The Taloja police will be registering an FIR in the matter and investigations will be carried out, said Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner A K Sharma.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Shrikant Pathak said,It is possible that the assailants were recently released from the Taloja prison and were seeking revenge for some disagreement that they might have had with Satre when they were lodged there. We are probing this angle. Nakabandis have been set up across the city.
Additional Director General (Prisons) Meeran Borwankar said,I have spoken to prison officials at Taloja and the Navi Mumbai CP. The attack did not take place inside the jail,and so far,we are not in a position to say whether an accused lodged in the jail had anything to do with the attack. Further investigations are being carried out to ascertain the motive and to track down the culprits.