A lawyer was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of the son of state Shiv Sena vice-president in Ankeleshwar recently.
The victim’s stepmother and a security guard have already been arrested for their alleged role in the murder on September 24.
Police said advocate Anant Pokhriyal was apprehended for “providing” a chemical substance which was used to make victim Vivek Patil (18) unconscious before he was strangulated allegedly by his step mother Rohini Patil with help from security guard Sudhakar Shimpi.
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After Vivek’s mother and Sena leader Satish Patil’s first wife Lataben filed a missing complaint with police, the boy’s body was discovered from the backyard of the family’s bungalow in Ankeleshwar.
According to investigators, Rohini plotted to kill Vivek following a feud with his mother Lataben. Both wives of Satish Patil used to stay in the same bungalow.
“Advocate Anant Pokhriyal was friend of Satish Patel and he used to look after all the Sena leader’s legal matters. However, in the past few months, Satish’s friendship with Anant had become strained. Rohini, however, secretly continued her friendship with Anand and they used to talk over phone regularly. Anant had provided a chemical powder through which Vivek was made unconscious before he was strangulated to death,” said Ankleshwar GIDC police inspector R K Dodhiya.