Mahesh Bijlani, the only absconding accused in the case relating to the 2013 murder of Navi Mumbai builder Sunilkumar Lohariya, was arrested Wednesday by the Mumbai police from Bhopal.
Lohariya was shot dead outside his office Vashi office on February 16, 2013. A month later, the case was transferred to the Mumbai police Crime Branch, which has so far arrested 12 suspects in the case, including retired police inspector Emmanuel Amolik.
“Mahesh was picked up from a flat in the Lake View Enclave Apartment in Shamla Hill, Bhopal, around 10:45 am Wednesday,” said a Crime Branch officer.
The development completes the arrests of all the wanted accused in the case. The Crime Branch has charged Amolik along with six others for the planning and execution of the murder, while the rest have been charged with conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code.
Police sources said Lohariya was involved in several legal disputes with five of the accused and had also filed Right To Information (RTI) applications against them regarding certain violations of FSI rules that he had accused them of. They said the five are alleged to have given a contract to Amolik to kill Lohariya.