He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead, a police official told PTI. Vinay Rathod, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Zone 12, said that the body of the former corporator has been sent to the Shatabdi Hospital for postmortem. "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. At one point, Sawant tried to fight back, but the assailants overpowered him and stabbed him with a chopper over 15 times.
Sawant is survived by his wife, son and two daughters. Sawant, a two-time corporator from Samta Nagar, is the brother of assistant police commissioner Subhash Sawant, who is attached to the anti-terrorism squad. Incidentally, one of his daughters was slated to get married on February 5.
An FIR has been filed under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code at the Samata Nagar police station, reported India Today.
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