Two more persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of a local journalist in Mira Road on Friday. Two persons, including the owner of a local bar, were arrested earlier.
Raghvendra Dubey, 44, who owned and wrote for a local weekly, was found in a pool of blood less than a kilometre away from the Mira Road police station around 5.30 am Friday with multiple stabs wounds and injuries to his private parts. Dubey, who was out drinking late Thursday night, was called to the police station around 2 am to help officers trace one his colleagues who had been assaulted by employees of White House Bar that the police had raided around 1 am on Friday.
Police identified the four accused as Mahesh Shetty, owner of Love Bird Orchestra Bar; Bhavesh Morani, floor manager at the bar; Samadhan Mari and Avinash Mishra, both Shetty’s friends. While Shetty and Morani were arrested earlier, Mari and Mishra were picked up from Kandivali Saturday. “Dubey was with some staffers from Love Birds Thursday night. He was at the police station from 2 am and left in an autorickshaw with the two around 5 am. All four accused followed Dubey’s rickshaw and killed him. We have those two persons as key witnesses to the murder,” said Additional SP (Thane Rural) Avinash Ambure. Officers privy to the investigation said the accused were carrying chilli powder, an iron rod, a knife and a stick.
“Our investigations reveal that Shetty and Dubey had differences. Shetty said this was his opportunity to settle the score with the journalist who had reportedly harassed him for over a year making demands for money. We are verifying Shetty’s claims of extortion,” Ambure added.