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Feb 17, 2013 at 11:50pm IST

Navi Mumbai builder murder case: Ex-policeman confesses to crime, says police

Mumbai: In a major breakthrough in Navi Mumbai builder Sunil Kumar Loharia's murder case, the police on Sunday said that retired policeman Samuel Amolik has confessed to his crime.

"We have arrested Amolik and he has confessed to the crime. In December, both had an altercation at a traffic signal where Sunil had threatened him. He was scared and he decided to kill him before Sunil could do anything," senior police inspector, Vashi police station, Raosaheb Sardesai said.

Police had arrested three people including Amolik in connection with Loharia's murder. Loharia was shot dead by two persons on Saturday and the murder was caught on a CCTV camera.

The police say that the attack took place at 8:30 am in the morning when the two assailants shot Loharia and smashed a coconut on his head.

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.

Despite, the quick police action, the family wants the case to be transferred to the Mumbai crime branch. "I want the case to be transferred. I do not trust Navi Mumbai police. They have booked my father in false cases," Sandeep Lohari's son said.

Despite the confession made by the controversial former Mumbai Police encounter specialist, the family of the businessman has been insisting that this is a clear case of business rivalry and the police are protecting the guilty. However, Navi Mumbai police insists that they have no such information and in case the family has any, they could come forward and give them the details.