Afzal was infamous for many such deceitful killings in his life. Therefore, given his past record, it is not garrulous to assume that Afzal struck first. However, nothing definitive is known about it. The weapon used by Shivaji, according to marathi resources, was Tiger-Claw and a curved Dagger, Bichwa. It is possible that even Sword was used.
From 1669 onwards, he unleashed himself on Mughal and Adilshahi territory in
At the time of his coronation in 1674, his influence was substantial enough for others in