Three men accused of killing the lawyer for a suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attack have been arrested, but their motive appears to be unrelated to the ongoing terror trial, police said on Tuesday.
Joint police commissioner Rakesh Maria said the men arrested late Monday were affiliated with an Indian gang. They are accused of murdering attorney Shahid Azmi on Feb. 11.
Maria said Azmi's death apparently had nothing to do with his representation of Fahim Ansari, who is accused of providing maps that helped 10 Pakistan-based gunmen carry out the November 2008 attack on Mumbai that left 166 dead.
Maria added that the motive is still under investigation. The suspects _ Devendar Jagtap, Pintoo Devram Bhagal and Vinod Vichare _ are all Indian citizens working with underworld leader Chotta Rajan, an Indian now living in Malaysia, Maria said. One suspect remains at large, he said.