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Sunil Lahoria murder case: Accused Suresh Bijlani still at large

Suresh Bijlani, an accused in the Lahoria murder case, is still at large and according to sources was last seen at the Vashi crime branch office on February 18, two days after the FIR was filed by Sunny Lahoria for the murder of his father Sunil Lahoria.


Clueless: The Vashi Crime Branch has been on the lookout for Suresh Bijlani (left), an accused in the Sunil Lahoria (right) murder case, since February. Sources say Bijlani was at the Crime Branch office two days after the killing, but cops failed to nab him. File pics

According to cops, Bijlani’s phone is not traceable since then. A source said, “When Vashi Crime Branch officers where asked about Bijlani’s whereabouts, they claimed they tried to arrest him but he escaped.”

According to the source, Bijlani was at the police station along with other accused Anurag Garg, Surya Prakash Agarwal, Bhupesh Gupta and Sumit Bacchewar.

Police officials have been regularly visiting Bijlani’s residence since then.

They have also visited several places across Maharashtra after receiving tip-offs. Officials also laid a trap in Navi Mumbai last week after they got a tip-off that Bijlani was in Navi Mumbai to meet his friend.

However, senior police inspector Sanjay Kamble of Vashi Crime Branch claimed he has no clue whether Bijlani was present in the Crime Branch Vashi unit on February 18.

The case
On February 16, Lahoria was shot dead outside his sector 28 office in Vashi. The police have arrested nine persons, including shooters Venkatesh Shettiar, Wajid Qureshi, and former encounter specialist Emmanuel Amolik, Bachchewar, Bhupesh Gupta, Francis Chawri, Altaf Aftab Khan and Mohammed Nasir Ansari alias Bhaijan in the case.

Police are on the lookout for Suresh Bijlani, his brother Mahesh Bijlani, Anurag Garg, Surya Prakash Agrawal and Bandya Mama.

Lahoria’s son has also announced a cash reward of Rs 11 lakh for anyone providing information on the whereabouts of the said accused.

Bail rejected
On May 13, this year, the Supreme Court dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Navi Mumbai-based builder Jawahar Chelaram Bijlani alias Suresh. The Thane session Court and Bombay High Court had also earlier rejected his plea. 

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