Mumbra man escapes bid on life

Two men on a motorcycle fired a shot at the car of a local businessman in Mumbra on Monday morning but failed to hit him. The businessman runs an organisation that had a couple of years ago extended support to the family of Ishrat Jahan, the Mumbra girl killed by Gujarat Police in an alleged fake encounter in 2004.

The businessman had apparently received a phonecall six days ago from a man who had abused and threatened to kill him, but he had not reported the call to police.

Police said Sayyed Mohiuddin alias Munna Saahil was on his way to a gym in Majiwada when he was attacked on Reti Bandar Road around 8.05 am.

"I had noticed two men on a bike who appeared to be following me over some distance, but I had not paid much attention. As I approached Reti Bunder, they drew up alongside my car and fired. As I pulled up, they stopped too, and stared at me before speeding away. I think the presence of several other vehicles around deterred them from trying anything else," Mohiuddin said.

Police Inspector Prashant Bade of Mumbra police station said, "The bullet hit the rubber lining of Mohiuddin's window and did not injure him. The motive for the attack is not clear yet, and we have not been able to identify the assailants. We have registered a complaint of attempt to murder against unidentified persons."

Mohiuddin's NGO, My Mumbra Foundation, had helped Ishrat Jahan's family with litigation as they challenged the allegations against her. Ishrat, who was then 19, and three others were gunned down by a Gujarat Police team that claimed they were Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists planning to target Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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