Ex-cop visited accused builder after killing Lohariya: Police

In the first link between builder Suresh Bijlani and the murder of Navi Mumbai-based builder S K Lohariya, Mumbai Police crime branch has allegedly found that retired inspector Emmanuel Amolik, arrested for the murder, had gone to Bijlani's office on the day of the murder.

Crime branch said Amolik was sitting in his car 200 meters way from Lohariya's office when he was shot dead by Venkatesh Shettiar and Wajid Qureshi earlier this month.

"After Lohariya was shot, Amolik went to Bijlani's office in Navi Mumbai. He also visited the hospital in Navi Mumbai where Lohariya was taken to," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy.

"Investigations have revealed that Shettiar and Qureshi had conducted a recce of Lohariya's office five days before the killing. The planning was done in Amolik's office in Navi Mumbai," Roy said.

The police have now launched a manhunt for Bijlani as well as Anurag Garg, Vijay Gajra, Bhupendra Gupta, Sumit Bachchewar and Suryaprakash Agarwal, all of whom are in the construction business and based in Navi Mumbai. Lohariya's son Sandeep has alleged that they are the masterminds behind his father's killing, and they were booked by the Navi Mumbai police based on Sandeep's complaint.

The crime branch is now investigating one more name Peerzade that Shettiar had taken after he was chased and caught by eyewitnesses. Interestingly, a constable of the same name was arrested along with Amolik in 2003 in a false encounter case of 1992. There is also an inspector with the Navi Mumbai police with the same surname, Roy said.

The crime branch found that Shettiar had also taken the name of an officer with the Mumbai Police crime branch while being interrogated by the Vashi police, saying that the officer knew him and could vouch for him.

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