A shocking incident of political rivalry and murder
Abhishek Ghosalkar, the son of former Shiv Sena (UBT) MLA Vinod Ghosalkar, was shot dead by a rival politician during a Facebook live session on Thursday evening in Mumbai. The assailant, identified as Mauris Noronha, also killed himself after shooting Ghosalkar in his office in IC Colony, Borivli (West).
The incident was captured on camera and the video went viral on social media, sparking outrage and shock among the public and the political circles. The police have registered a case of murder and are investigating the motive behind the crime.
The Facebook live that turned fatal
According to the police, Ghosalkar and Noronha were known to each other and had some personal and political differences. Noronha, who was a local businessman and social activist, had aspirations to contest the upcoming civic elections from the ward where Ghosalkar and his wife had been former corporators.
On Thursday evening, Noronha invited Ghosalkar to his office for a discussion and started a Facebook live session. In the video, both of them can be seen talking cordially and praising each other’s work. Ghosalkar also said that he was surprised to see Noronha and him sharing a stage, as they had some issues in the past.
However, within minutes, the situation turned violent as Noronha suddenly pulled out a gun and shot Ghosalkar in the abdomen and shoulder. He then turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head. The video ended abruptly with the sound of gunshots and screams.
The aftermath of the shooting
Ghosalkar was rushed to a nearby private hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Noronha was also taken to the same hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The police recovered the weapon and the mobile phone from the spot and sent them for forensic examination.
The police also found out that Noronha was facing a rape case and had returned from the US after a lookout notice was issued against him. He was arrested in June 2023 from Mumbai airport and was out on bail. The police suspect that he may have been under stress and depression due to the case and his political ambitions.
The police have also recorded the statements of the witnesses and the family members of both the deceased. They are trying to ascertain the exact reason behind Noronha’s sudden attack on Ghosalkar and whether there was any provocation or conspiracy involved.
The reactions of the political parties and the public
The shocking incident has sent shockwaves across the political spectrum and the public. The Shiv Sena (UBT) has condemned the murder of Ghosalkar and demanded a thorough probe into the matter. The party has also announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to his family and a government job to his wife.
The BJP, the Congress and the NCP have also expressed their grief and condolences over the incident and called for strict action against the culprit. They have also appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony and not to fall prey to any rumours or misinformation.
The public has also expressed their anger and disbelief over the incident and demanded justice for Ghosalkar. Many people have also questioned the security and law and order situation in the city and the state and asked how such a heinous crime could take place in broad daylight and in front of a live audience.