Unidentified assailants shot dead Shiv Sena leader Sachin Sawant in Mumbai’s Kandivali suburb on Sunday. Two men on a motorbike allegedly fired four rounds at Sawant, an “upa shakha pramukh” or deputy branch head of the party, around 8 pm in Gokul Nagar area, PTI reported quoting Kurar senior police inspector Udaykumar Rajeshirke.
The unidentified official said Sawant, who was a local leader from Kurar village, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Doctors at the hospital said he had been shot in the chest, ANI reported.
Sachin Sawant had been shot at in 2009 too, but survived, The Times of India reported. “The police haven’t been able to trace the assailants even after all these years,” Shiv Sena leader Vishnu Sawant said.
The Kurar Police have registered a case of murder, and are examining CCTV footage from the area where he was shot, the daily said. The Crime Branch is conducting a parallel investigation.
This is the third Shiv Sena leader to be killed in April, ANI reported. On April 7, two Shiv Sena leaders, Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Thube, were shot dead by men on a motorcycle in Ahmednagar’s Kedgaon area after the result of a civic bye-election.