According to a complaint filed at Oshiwara Police Station, Verma and his friend were headed towards their car after dining at 5 Spice, when an unidentified man began heckling the woman. The duo ignored him, but he tried to touch her, the complaint said.
Verma got into an argument with the man, who was shouting abuses at the couple. As Verma tried to shoo him away, the man flashed a knife, and attacked him, the complaint said. Verma ducked to avoid the blow, but the knife landed on his neck.
As blood gushed out, Verma lost control and fired a round in the air from his licensed revolver, the complaint said. The man fled, even as crowds gathered at the spot. Verma went to a nearby hospital, and then to Oshiwara Police Station.
Senior Inspector Dilip Rupawate said, “There was an incident of firing. We are still verifying the facts.”