The Mumbai Police Crime Branch investigation into the murder of Navi Mumbai builder S K Lohariya is allegedly throwing up more facts to confirm that retired police officer Emmanual Amolik executed the murder using his trusted network of informants. The three others,whose names cropped up during investigations and who were present at the crime scene on the day of the murder were all known to Amolik,according to the crime branch.
We have been interrogating the arrested accused,and they have identified three men who were also present around the crime team as back-up. We are tracking all three of them, said a crime branch officer,who did not wish to be named.
All the others,arrested and wanted,used to be Amoliks informants and contacts when he was a serving policeman,the police said.
The crime branch has arrested six people in the case. While one of them is real estate agent-cum-developer Sumit Bachchewar from Navi Mumbai who has been charged with conspiracy,the other five,including Amolik,were allegedly directly involved in the killing and were present at,or close to,the crime scene.
Elaborating on the three wanted accused,the officer added,All the three are from the Thane-Ambarnath area. They got acquainted with Amolik while he was serving with first the Mumbra police station and later with the Thane police crime branch. He maintained contact with them and went on to develop at least some,if not all of them as informants. All the people Amolik used in the actual killing were well known to him and he trusted them.
While police initially thought the hit squad comprised only Venkatesh Shettiar and Wajid Qureshi,their interrogation revealed Amolik had two back-up teams,which led to the arrest of Altaf Khan and Naseer Ansari alias Bhai Jaan. Interrogation of Khan and Ansari helped identify the other accused,the police said.
Interestingly,while Shettiar was promised Rs 2 lakh for the job,Qureshi did not take money,telling Amolik he was doing the job out of loyalty to him. Khan and Ansari are still being interrogated to check what incentive they were offered.