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A 30-year-old builder was shot at inside his office in Chunabhatti on Friday evening by two men “wearing burqa” . He was hit by two bullets and his condition is now stated to be stable. The motive is unclear but police suspect it was an extortion attempt.
According to the police, Jinesh Jain, who works with his builder father Roopchandra Jain, who co-owns the Arihant Group of Companies, a construction company started by four builders, and which has projects across Mumbai’s eastern suburbs and parts of Navi Mumbai.
Jinesh was inside his office when the gunmen entered the premises close to the Eastern Express Highway at 7 pm. Seeing him in the reception area, the police said, the burqa-clad men asked him if he was “Jain”. “When the victim confirmed who he was, the men shot at him twice,” said a senior police officer, adding that it was not known yet as to how did the attackers escape.
Apart from Jinesh, there were three staffers in the office but they were all seated in an interior room and did not see the shooting, said the police. Two CCTV cameras outside the office are being scrutinised while the Anti Extortion Cell of the Crime Branch has been roped in after the police found that Jinesh had recently received a threat letter. According to investigators, he had not registered any complaint of extortion with the police.
One bullet hit Jinesh in the back and the other in the abdomen. Dr Suleman Merchant, dean at Sion Hospital, said he was stable but might require a surgery.
“The bullet has led to liver tear and caused hemiperitoneum (a condition in which the blood accumulates between the inner lining of the abdominal wall and internal abdominal organs),” he said. “There is injury to the lungs and internal bleeding. A medical team has been assembled to assess his condition,” Merchant added.
The Arihant Group comprises four construction firms — Arihant Infrastructure Company, Ambika Developers, Nakoda Infrastructure and Samarpan Realtors. Roopchandra and Jinesh operate Arihant Infrastructure Company.
A receptionist at a coaching class two shops away said she thought a firecracker had gone off. “There are a lot of weddings here. I thought it was a loud firecracker,” she said. Moments later, she saw four persons carrying a wounded man, bleeding profusely.
“The man was wearing jeans and a cotton shirt, there was a lot blood on his body. I ran in and called my employer at 7.09 pm,” she said. About 10 minutes later, when she saw police storm into the Jains’ office, she realised something was amiss, and was informed by her employer that she was barely 30 feet from a shootout.
The police have recovered a pair of shoes from the site.