Police officers investigating the murder attempt on Navi Mumbai-based businessman Manoj Jain have said that he was called to Lokhandwala, Andheri (W), by a woman who they suspect may have a role to play in the brutal attack on him that took place on March 15.
Jain, after reaching the designated address, was allegedly kidnapped and then knifed by unidentified persons. He is currently undergoing treatment at a suburban hospital.
The involvement of the woman came to light with the arrest of Shamshu Shaikh (28) who was arrested on Sunday. According to the police, Shamshu in his statement confessed that he was present at the meeting where the plan to bump off Jain was hatched, but stated that he did not know who planned the entire plot.
According to the police, at the meeting it was decided that the woman would call Jain to a designated area in Lokhandwala after which Shamshu and his associates would kidnap him. “Jain just told us that he had come to Lokhandwala from where he was kidnapped,” said a police officer, on condition of anonymity. After he was shoved into a vehicle, the unidentified accused slit his throat with the intention of killing him and then dumped his body at the MHADA grounds in Versova.
Cops said Jain told them that he did not have the slightest inkling of the attack nor did he know the attackers. Versova police officers are now trying to track down the woman who is suspected to have been a part of the plot to murder Jain. “We are still unaware of the motive behind the attack,” said the officer.
Jain’s family members who were present at the hospital refrained from making a comment. Police suspect that a possible property dispute could be the reason for the attack. Police said that things would be clear after they arrest the main conspirator in the case.
On March 15, Jain was found brutally attacked at MHADA ground, Versova. “Jain’s throat had a deep cut. He was still breathing when we reached the spot,” said a police officer from the Versova police station. He was then rushed to Criticare hospital. The following day, investigators recovered a Santro that had blood stains on the seat.
Cops began tracing the owner of the car, which led them to a man in Virar. During questioning, cops learnt that the Virar resident had lent the car to one of his friends who in turn gave the car to Shamshu. Two days later, police arrested Shamshu Shaikh (28) on suspicion of attacking Jain.