Uddhav Thackeray group leader shot dead in Mumbai

Mumbai, (| A Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Abhishek Ghosalkar, son of former Uddhav Sena MLA Vinod Ghosalkar, was shot dead during a Facebook live here on Thursday in Mumbai’s Dahisar, police said. Ghosalkar was immediately rushed to a local private hospital, where he was declared dead before admission.

According to the reports, Noronha had invited Ghosalkar to a local public event and then conducted a Facebook live interaction for 40 minutes at his office in the IC Colony in Borivali West. Ghosalkar was sitting on a sofa and talking with some online visitors on a mobile positioned on a tripod about local civic issues.

At one point, the assailant, notorious as ‘Morris-bhai’ in the vicinity, came and sat beside Ghosalkar briefly; they warmly interacted before the camera, and Morris got up to step outside. Appearing to end the live social media show, Ghosalkar said, “God bless you. We will go outside, and we will start.” He stood up from the sofa when Morris suddenly returned, whipped out a revolver, and fired at least three rounds at him.

Taken unawares by the sudden attack, Ghosalkar is seen screaming, stumbling forward, and falling down; at least one bullet went in his chest, one in the shoulder, even as videos of the incident with the gunshots recorded on Facebook went viral. Seconds later, even Morris went some meters away and shot himself at least four bullets, then collapsed in a pool of blood, sending shockwaves through the city.

The son of senior SS-UBT leader Vinod Ghosalkar, Abhishek was a former BMC Municipal Corporator from Dahisar Ward No. 7 and was considered among the key second-rung youth leaders of the party.
Top SS-UBT leaders like Aditya Thackeray, Sanjay Raut, and others strongly condemned the murderous attack on their party leader and targeted Chief Minister Eknath Shinde for the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

Former Union Minister Anant Geete rushed to the hospital to inquire about Ghosalkar’s condition but declined to speak to the media, while top Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders like Leader of Opposition (Assembly) Vijay Wadettiwar, Leader of Opposition (Council) Ambadas Danve, Dr. Jitendra Awhad, Kishore Tiwari, and others slammed the state government for the total breakdown of the rule of law in the state.

Top police officials, including the Additional Commissioner of Police, DCP, ACP, and others, rushed to the double-crime spot and the hospital for investigations. The entire locality was cordoned off after the incident, and a heavy police battalion was deployed. (UNI)