The Nagpada police caught two persons in the red light area of Kamathipura on Friday where they had been hiding after killing their labour contractor. The incident took place in a room on the first floor of the four-storey Sitaladevi Darshan building at around 9pm on Friday where the accused assaulted the victim with knives.
Swami Pitla, 35, a labour contractor, had fired Krishna Satpute, 35, and Hidaytullah Khan, 36 two months back after he incurred losses in his business recently. Since then, the duo had been pressuring him to give them back their jobs. On Friday, they arrived at his Kamathipura office, bolted the door from inside and began arguing with him.
When Pitla refused to hire them back, Satpute and Khan attacked him with knives. Pitla screamed for help and on hearing him, residents of the building called the police.
Two police vans soon reached the spot. They ordered the duo to open the door, but the accused threatened to kill them if they entered the room.
The cops then broke the door open and were shocked to find Pitla lying in a pool of blood and the two men holding blood-stained knives. One of the killers threw a wooden plank at the police but they ducked and the plank hit Sridhar Rao, a resident who was standing outside the room, in his right eye.
Despite being held at gunpoint, the two men tried to escape. But while running down the stairs, they fell and sustained minor injuries. After catching the duo, the police rushed Pitla to JJ Hospital, where he was declared dead before admission. “The duo has been booked for murder, confinement and threatening to kill. They are undergoing treatment at JJ Hospital now. We will arrest them as soon as they are discharged,” police inspector Sudhakar Kamble said.
Pitla’s body was handed over to his family after post-mortem, Kamble added.