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Mumbai: Novice shooter was reading books on crime to prepare for first murder

Cops say books related to contractual killings and robberies were recovered from Govind Sonkar, who had been given money by Ravi Pujari to kill the scribe who had insulted him

Officials of the Crime Branch have seized books like Contractual Killer and Daikiticha Alam (Robbery Motive) from one of the three shooters who were given the contract to bump off a journalist from a leading daily, who had referred to gangster Ravi Pujari as a ‘chindi chor’ in one of his reports.

mid-day report on September 7 about how the cops thwarted the shooters’ plan to kill the journalist
mid-day report on September 7 about how the cops thwarted the shooters’ plan to kill the journalist

Enraged at being called small fry, the fugitive don had paid R1.25 lakh to the accused to avenge his insult. The two books were recovered from Govind Sonkar alias Raju Francis, who was arrested with his accomplices Ashutosh Verma and Rambahadur Chavan.

Police officials said this was the first time Sonkar was going to work for a gangster and since this would have been his first contractual killing, he was preparing himself by reading the books. Police officials said the journalist was lucky to have been on leave during the days when the trio recced the area around his office in Nariman Point.

Another arrest
The Property Cell officials made the fourth arrest in the case by apprehending Abdul Karim Abdul Latif Shaikh (37) from Nallasopara. Police officials said Latif had secured a Santro car that was to be used to execute the murder.

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