Mumbai: Three more arrested for attack at builder's office

Crime Branch Mumbai today arrested three more persons, a week after they held four persons in connection with attempt on the life of a construction professional in Chunabhatti area of the city.

Those arrested have been identified as Suraj Gaud alias Suraj Mhatre (22), Umesh Falle (35) and Rakesh Devendra alias Rajesh (34), police said.

On February 16, police had arrested Ajay Karosi (27), Vinod Vishwakarma (28), Babukumar Gupta (21) and Sumeet alias Pappu Yerunkar (38).

On February 5, two persons in veils entered the office of Jignesh Jain, a city-based builder, and opened fire, leaving him severely injured.

According to the police, Yerunkar, a history-sheeter, was the mastermind of the crime. Ajay and Vinod were the shooters while Babukumar had driven them to the builder's office.

Those arrested in the last couple of days too were close associates of Yerunkar and among them, Suraj played a key role of providing logistical support for the crime, police said.

Umesh Falle was a hardened criminal and a co-accused of Yerunkar in another case. Rajesh, also a close associate of Yerunkar, provided the vehicle used in the crime, police said.

Yerunkar, awarded life sentence in a murder case, was out on temporary bail at the time of the crime. According to police, he had asked Jain to give him a contract for demolition of a building for redevelopment, but Jain refused, so the former hatched a conspiracy to kill him.

Suraj and two others were remanded in police custody till tomorrow. The police have also recovered a 7.65 bore pistol with six live cartridges, two cars, an empty cartridge of a 7.65 mm pistol and two mobile phones.

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