MUMBAI: The Mumbai police’s crime branch told the local court on Tuesday that the two arrested accused opened fire outside Bollywood superstar Salman Khan‘s house with the intention to kill him.
The accused, Vicky Gupta (24) and Sagar Pal (21), both residents of Bihar, were on the run after the firing incident outside Khan’s house at the Galaxy Apartment in Bandra area here early Sunday morning.They were arrested late Monday night from Mata No Madh village in Gujarat’s Kutch district and later brought to Mumbai.
According to the police, Gupta was riding the motorcycle at the time of the incident and Pal, who was riding pillion, had ‘fired shots at the actor’s house.
The duo was produced on Tuesday before a magistrate’s court here. The police sought their custody for 14 days on the ground that custodial interrogation was required to unearth the conspiracy and to identify the mastermind behind the incident.
Additional chief metropolitan magistrate L S Paden remanded the two accused in police custody till April 25. The crime branch in its remand note submitted to the court said the duo had opened fire outside Khan’s residence with an intention to kill him.
Custodial interrogation is required to identify the mastermind and to also ascertain the motive, the note added.
The police said a preliminary probe has established that the duo played an active role in the alleged offense. During preliminary questioning, the two arrested accused accepted that they had carried out the firing, the police said.
Custody of the accused is required to probe if the accused had plans to attack anyone else other than Salman Khan, the police said in their remand note.
The note further said the police are yet to recover the firearm used in the incident and a probe is also required to be done with regard to the motorcycle used by the accused persons.
The police said, after the incident, a person claimed responsibility for it on the social media platform Facebook. According to the probe, this account was being operated from a foreign country, the police confirmed.
On Monday, a senior official revealed, the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the FB post was traced to Portugal.
The accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code section 307 (attempt to murder), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of a common intention) and relevant provisions of the Arms Act, the police disclosed.
Around 5 am on Sunday, two motorcycle-borne persons had opened fire outside 58-year-old Khan’s house in Bandra area of Mumbai and fled the spot.
The motorcycle was abandoned near Mount Mary Church, a little over a kilometre from the actor’s house, the police reported.

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