Shiv Sena corporator Manoj Haldankar, a former opposition leader in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, has been arrested in connection with the murder of a local political worker, Triumbal Khairnar alias Chhotu Mali, 36.
The arrest on Monday came after Haldankar’s family approached the state home minister RR Patil saying Haldankar, was allegedly involved in the killing.
The family had submitted a memorandum demanding action against him.
Khairnar, who was in the money lending business, was shot dead around 9.30 on July 20 outside Mamta bar in sector 3 of Navi Mumbai.
He was taken to the Criticare hospital in Airoli, where he died during treatment.
According to Manisha, Khairnar’s wife, “Haldankar had known my husband for eight years and had long held a grudge against him. He regularly harassed and threatened him and had also filed several false cases against him, making him sit in the police station for days.”
The police had, within two days of the crime, arrested six accused, including two alleged conspirators, three shooters and a weapon supplier.
It had also seized two revolvers used in the murder and said that a personal dispute was the motive.
Deputy commissioner of police (zone I), Purushottam Karad said, “Our investigations reveal that he could have been involved in the conspiracy to kill Khairnar along with the others. There are personal and political motives. We will interrogate him further to get more details.”
Haldankar was presented before the CBD court in the afternoon, which remanded him in police custody for four days.
Local Shiv Sena party leaders and party workers gathered at the court when Haldankar was brought there by the police, claiming it was a political conspiracy against Haldankar.
The leaders announced a bandh in Airoli, Haldankar’s ward, on Tuesday, and some shops were reportedly shut there on Monday.