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Feb 17, 2013 at 05:48pm IST

Mumbai builder murder case: Former police officer arrested

Mumbai: A former police officer was arrested on Sunday and remanded to police custody for his alleged role in the murder of Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Kumar Loharia on Saturday. Loharia was shot dead by two persons on Saturday and the murder was caught on a CCTV camera.

Amolik, an 'encounter specialist' in Mumbai who retired from the police force three years back, was allegedly in touch with the shooters. According to sources, Amolik was earlier suspended for his alleged links with the underworld, but later on was reinstated in the force.

Loharia, 50, had sustained five bullet injuries and stab wounds on Sunday when he stepped out of his car in front of his office in Vashi area of Navi Mumbai. He later died at a hospital.

The two motorcycle borne assailants had approached Loharia when he was walking towards his office. While one of them shot him at point-blank range, the pillion rider attacked the builder with a chopper. One of the attackers escaped, another assailant, identified as 35-year-old Venkatesh Shettiar, was caught by locals and Loharia's staff. He was handed to police later. The motive of the killing was suspected to be business rivalry.

With Additional Inputs From PTI