The police got the first lead on the attackers from CCTV camera footage that captured one of them soon after the attack.
Two suspects have been arrested in conncection with the killing of Shiv Sena leader Ashok Sawant in Kandivali, a suburb of Mumbai. "We can not reveal more at this moment", said Vinay Rathod, deputy commissioner of police (zone XII).
Cops outside Sai hospital, where former corporator Ashok Sawant (inset) was brought in after the attack. "He followed Sawant from near his residence around 7pm till the time of his murder as the men waited for a flawless opportunity to strike", said an officer. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in Kandivli but was declared dead on arrival, the official said.
Sawant was a two-time corporator and his brother, Subhash Sawant, is an Assistant Commissioner of Police with the Anti Terrorism Squad. According to sources, the police fired two rounds from their service revolver at the speeding auto of the suspects and managed to stop them near Mijar in Moodbidri. Sawant is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. Sawant had entered the cable television business a few years ago, he said.
As per sources, two men, who had been coming up in a vehicle outside his house in Sur building in Samta Nagar, moved toward to him forcefully and assault him with choppers before running away from the spot. One of his daughters was to get married on February 5. "We have registered an FIR against unknown people under IPC Sections 302 and 34 for murder at Samata Nagar police station".