Mumbai, January 08: Ashok Sawant, aged 62, was killed by two unidentified assailants in Mumbai on January 7. The former Shiv Sena Corporator was struck with cleavers around 11 PM on Sunday, January 6 while returning to his home after meeting up with a friend. Sawant was a two-term Corporator hailing from Samta Nagar in suburban Kandivli. Sawant is the brother of Assistant Police Commissioner, Subhash Sawant, who is associated with the anti-terrorism squad.
The Times of India reported, the police confirmed that the incident transpired outside Sawant’s house where two men were waiting in an unconfirmed vehicle outside his residential complex, Sur Building in Samta Nagar. They fled the scene speedily after accosting Sawant. According to The Indian Express, Sawant was ushered immediately to a hospital in the vicinity. However, due to the severity of his wounds, he was declared dead on arrival.
Following the gruesome incident, a case was registered under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, which sprung the police into action and they began investigating the CCTV cameras in the area. A source in the crime branch divulged information about closed-circuit television cameras installed in the neighbourhood that have allegedly captured images of the murderers. The attackers have been identified, one being an infamous criminal, Jagga.
As per an official, Sawant had recently entered the cable television business and had reportedly received a couple of extortion calls. He had registered a complaint with the police regarding these threatening calls. Police believe that the murder was an outcome of a fallout related to the extortion calls.
Sawant is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. One of the daughters was to be married on February 5th.