Fourth arrest Sumit Bachchewar charged with criminal conspiracy
Mumbai Crime Branch arrested real estate agent and developer Sumit Bachchewar (41) Wednesday in connection with the murder of S K Lohariya,a builder who was gunned down in broad daylight over a week ago outside his Vashi office. This is the fourth arrest in the case.
Bachchewar and four others were booked by Navi Mumbai Police after Lohariyas son Sandeep alleged the murder was carried out at their behest.
The other accused include businessman Suresh Bijlani,who reportedly paid alleged key conspirator and former encounter specialist Emmanuel Amolik a fixed sum every month.
Crime branch officers said Bachchewar was picked up from his residence in sector 28,Navi Mumbai. He has been charged with criminal conspiracy.
Bachchewar has said he got to know Lohariya in 2005 through Suryaprakash Agarwal (another accused) and they were involved in several ventures connected to the CIDCO 12.5 per cent scheme till 2008. After that,they started developing differences and ultimately stopped talking to each other. They had filed several complaints of cheating and forgery against each other, said joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy.
Bachchewar also claimed in 2012,he met Lohariya in court in connection with a complaint he had lodged against businessman Sunil Bhanushali. There,he claimed,Lohariya threatened to file more cases against him if he did not withdraw the complaint against Bhanushali.
Bachchewar,Bijlani and Garg reportedly made a lot of money in joint ventures connected to the 12.5 per cent scheme and things reportedly soured between Bachchewar and Lohariya over unpaid dues in land deals they entered into.
Meanwhile,the crime branch is identifying properties of Bijlani.
Roy said if he did not surrender soon,he would be declared an absconder and his properties seized. Bombay High Court had recently denied Bijlani anticipatory bail.
The other accused in the case are builder Vijay Gajra,architect Anurag Garg and businessman Bhupendra Gupta.
My client has been cooperating with police. There have been several business-related disputes between him and the deceased,which has cast suspicion on him, said Dinesh Kumar,lawyer for Bachchewar.