A NAVI MUMBAI based businessman who was allegedly kidnapped and attacked by unidentified men had been called to Lokhandwala by a woman on Friday,March 15,the police said. Versova police are now trying to find out whether the woman is involved in the crime.
Police said the victim,Manoj Jain,was found seriously injured at Versovas MHADA ground and rushed to Criticare Hospital on Friday. Jain’s throat had a deep cut. However,he was still breathing when we reached the spot, said a police officer.
We are probing the motive of the attack, said the officer.
On Saturday,police found a Santro car in the area with bloodstains on its seats. The police began tracing the owner of the car,which led them to a man in Virar. The car had changed hands thrice and they found that a man named Shamshu Shaikh (28) was driving the Santro on March 15.
On Sunday,Versova police arrested Shaikh and booked him on charges of attempt to murder. In his statement,Shaikh has allegedly confessed to being privy to the conspiracy meeting,though he claims he has no knowledge about the main conspirators.
Shaikh has given details of a woman who resides in Andheri as party to the conspiracy plot. He has alleged that the woman had called Jain and asked him to visit Lokhandwala. Shaikh is alleged to have then picked up Jain in his car from Lokhanwala,and dumped him at Versova,after he and his associates allegedly slit his throat.
Jain has said he does not know any of the kidnappers. Jain just told us that he had come to Lokhandwala from where he was kidnapped, said the officer. Jain’s family members who were present at Criticare Hospital were unable for comment. Police are also probing whether a property related dispute was behind the attack.