A 50-year-old Navi Mumbai based builder, Sunil Kumar Loharia, was stabbed, shot five times and killed in front of his office in Vashi – an act caught on the CCTV camera fixed at the building’s entrance.
According to a Financial Express report, Sunil Kumar Loharia, owner of SK Brothers, was accosted by two assailants dressed as guards while he was about to enter his office.
While one assailant has been arrested, according to CNN IBN reports, an ex police officer, Samuel Amolik has also been held for possible connection with the murderers.
A NDTV report says, “ The ex-police officer, Samuel Amolik, had been dismissed from service for his alleged links with the underworld. He has been charged with murder and conspiracy and remanded to police custody till February 22.”
Reportedly, several calls from Amolik’s phone have been traced to the same people to murdered Loharia.
The CCTV footage shows two men dressed as security guards pouncing on Kumar and stabbing him repeatedly before fleeing.
According to eye witnesses, the two assailants, one of who was carrying a coconut, hit Loharia with it on the head. Once the builder lost his balance and fell, one of them stabbed him with a knife. Loharia tried to stop them but then they brought out pistols and shot him five times.
The assailants, according to the report, also left the garland on the victim and tried to flee on a motorcycle. It was then that the mob, alerted by gun shots, arrived at the spot.
The pillion rider was dragged away from the vehicle by the mob and was beaten up before being handed over to the police.
Doctors at the hospital where Loharia was rushed to declared him dead during treatment.
Police sources said that they have began a probe into the murder and will question the accused who sustained grievous injuries himself after being beaten up. They added that they will be looking into the professional rivalry angle as they found that Loharia used to file RTIs who get information on land acquired by other builders. He allegedly extorted money from them that way.