India politician killed on Facebook live by ‘old rival’ moments after they made ‘peace’
Morris Noronha, who fired at Abhishek Ghoshalkar, was also found dead soon after and appeared to have killed himself.
Morris Noronha (L) and Abhishek Ghoshalkar during a Facebook live minutes before the murder incident. (Picture: X screengrab)
IN a shocking incident, an Indian politician was fatally shot in Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra during a Facebook live-streaming where he was seen speaking with an old political rival.
The incident took place in Dahisar area of India’s financial capital on Thursday (8) when Abhishek Ghosalkar of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) and a former official in the city’s civic body was shot by Morris Noronha, a local businessman who allegedly tricked him into meeting him before the getting shot.
Noronha himself was also found dead soon after and appeared to have killed himself, The Indian Express reported.
The graphic video that went viral online, Ghoshalkar and Noronha were found addressing the camera saying that they had decided to put their political rivalry behind and move on.
The duo were seen talking comfortably, saying they were on good terms.
Noronha was heard saying in the video which was shot in his office that they had decided to come together and unite and even distribute sari and ration jointly for public welfare.
Ghoshalkar said they have taken a new year resolution and it was a new start to their friendship and collaboration.
But the plot took a drastic twist as the four-long-26-minute video neared its end. Noronha was seen getting up and leaving the room. Goshalkar was still seen in the frame when a shot hit him and he started running towards the camera. He was shot thrice and was declared dead on arrival at a city hospital.
Police said both men succumbed to their injuries at the scene and their bodies were sent to different hospitals for autopsy.
Sources in Ghoshalkar’s party said he had disagreement with Noronha in the past.
“Abhishek and Morris had a past dispute but recently their dispute was settled,” on source was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. “Morris had called Abhishek at a sari distribution function at his office (in IC Colony area) and during the event he took him inside his cabin and shot him over some dispute.”
He added that Noronha fired from his revolver and also shot himself.
Opposition members said the disturbing video raised questions over the law and order situation in the state of Maharashtra, which is ruled by prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.
The shooting happened just days after another incident in which a state lawmaker from the BJP firing at a leader of the ally Shiv Sena and then hitting out against him and his associates with the butt of his gun. He later said he had no regrets and that he had shot at the leader as the latter’s associates allegedly beat up his son in front of the police.