Three held for firing at slain matka king’s brother

The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Thursday arrested three persons accused of involvement in a case of firing at the elder brother of murdered 'matka king' Suresh Bhagat, in Gamdevi.

According to the police, an amount of Rs 1 crore was paid to the shooter by a man who had worked for several years for Suresh's elder brother, Vinod.

Those arrested have been identified as Deepak Suman Patel (28), Amar Ramkumar Jha (24) and Ajay Singh Amarjeet Singh (32). While Patel is a resident of Virar, Jha and Singh live in Walkeshwar and Koparkhairne respectively.

Patel and Jha were arrested by Unit 1 of the Crime Branch, and Singh was picked up by Unit 10. They have been remanded to police custody till November 29.

"It was 9.15 pm on October 25, outside the Manick Lodge in Gamdevi, when Vinod was leaving in an Ambassador car. Two men appeared on a Yamaha motorbike and the pillion rider fired one round at the car. The Crime Branch conducted parallel investigations in the case. Three persons were arrested this afternoon," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria.

According to the police, Patel worked as an odd-job man for Vinod for about five years. Singh used to be a member of the Arun Gawli gang before joining the Pandav Putra gang as a shooter. He has four previous offences registered against him since 2003 at Tardeo and Nagpada police stations. He was also booked under the Maharashtra Prevention of Disruptive Activities Act1` by the MRA Marg police in 2005."Preliminary enquiries have revealed that Patel had paid a 'supari' of Rs 1 lakh for the firing.

It was Jha who was at the wheel and Singh was the one who fired at the car. The motorbike is owned by Jha. We are still to ascertain the motive behind the firing. Investigations are on," said Maria.

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