The accomplice of Mukesh Sharma alias Kabir, the man who shot dead Angara Pujari, 71, at a cake shop in Goregaon (West) on Saturday, had given Kabir a contract for the murder, the police said.
They suspect that the accomplice, who was the middleman, can lead them to the man who ordered Angara’s execution.
Kabir, who was promised Rs1 lakh to murder Pujari was nabbed by locals after the shootout and handed over to the police. The police have made three teams to track the accomplice, one of which has been sent to Pune.
On Saturday, Angara was at the cash counter of his shop when Kabir walked in posing as a customer and purchased a pastry for which he paid and came out. He returned a few minutes later and asked for a chocolate and then shot Pujari at point blank range in the throat.
The police have not ruled out the possibility of a property dispute being the motive behind the murder.
Even though Angara’s son Mayur has been called in for questioning, he has not presented himself at the police station. He did not attend Angara’s funeral, said Surendra Paithankar, senior police inspector of Goregaon police station.
Mayur, who is an alcoholic and has 13 cases of theft and assault registered against him, had threatened to kill his father on several occasions after the former disowned him because of his behaviour, added Paithankar.
Angara had allegedly received an extortion call from the Hemant Pujari gang demanding Rs50 lakh around a year and a half ago. He had reported the matter to the anti-extortion cell and three people were arrested in connection with the case.