The Thane (rural) crime branch officers arrested a 25-year-old man on Wednesday for allegedly killing Mahesh Maru (46), a businessman from Ghatkopar, on Saturday morning.
The police said Sushil Yadav killed Maru as he wanted money to meet his wedding expenses, and knew that Maru carried lakhs every day. Maru, who was a building contractor, had gone missing from Ghatkopar on January 11. “The victim had bought land at Shilphata at Bhiwandi, and Yadav who stayed at Virar took care of it.
Maru paid Yadav for looking after the land. Yadav wanted Rs 3 lakh for his wedding,” the police said.
Officers added that Maru left his Ghatkopar residence at 8 am on Saturday. “While he was on his way, Yadav called him and said he wanted to introduce him to a person for brick business. Maru picked up Yadav who took him to an area near Pimpleseth village of Bhiwandi,” the police said.
Kishore Khairnar, senior police inspector of Thane local crime branch said, “He asked Maru to stop the car at a vacant area and then stabbed him with a knife. Maru opened the door of the car and fell on the ground. The two had a scuffle in which Yadav was also injured. Yadav then picked up a stone and hit on his head, causing his death. Yadav fled with Maru’s diamond ring, mobile phone and cash. According to Maru’s family members, he was carrying Rs 3 lakh, which was also missing.”
On recovering a body on Monday, the police sent a wireless to other police stations and learnt that Maru had been missing. The police then questioned the people whom Maru worked with in Bhiwandi and reached his plot too for investigation. The officers then nabbed Yadav, to whom he had made a call before the alleged murder.
The police arrested Yadav after he confessed to the crime.
Ganpat Pingle, senior police inspector of Taluka Bhiwandi police station, said, “Yadav has been remanded in police custody till January 20. We are inquiring if he had more associates with him.”
The police have recovered Rs 1.81 lakh cash from the accused. “Yadav was desperate to arrange money for his wedding and knew that Maru would not loan him the amount,” said Khairnar.