Mumbai: A 62-year-old former Shiv Sena corporator Ashok Sawant was stabbed to death outside his house in Kandivli late on Sunday.
Sawant, a two-time corporator, is the brother of assistant police commissioner Subhash Sawant, who is attached to the anti-terrorism squad.
The police said that the incident took place when Sawant was returning home after meeting a friend. Two men, who had been waiting in a vehicle outside his house in Sur building in Samta Nagar, accosted him and attacked him with choppers before fleeing.
Officials of the Samatanagar police station reached the spot and rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead before admission.
A source in the crime branch said that closed circuit television cameras installed in the vicinity have captured the images of the killers and they have been identified. One of the accused, Jagga, is a well-known criminal, said the source.
The police said that Sawant had got into cable business a few years ago. He had reportedly been getting extortion calls over the past couple of days and he had complained to the police. The source added that the murder could be fallout of the extortion threats.
Sawant, a two-time corporator, is survived by wife, two daughters and a son. Two of his children are MBBS doctors.