The seven persons arrested for firing at a builder's office at Bhandup on November 4 may have been acting on the behest of someone else, police suspect. They believe that someone currently in jail ordered them to do so, as he could not execute it himself.
The police earlier felt that the seven arrested accused had planned the firing. However, they found a chit with the name and mobile number of the builder, Vaibhav Kokate - along with instructions to threaten him - in the wallet of one of the accused. They now suspect that the orders for the firing may have come from someone else.
An investigating officer, who did not wish to be named, said: "We are interrogating someone who is currently in jail, in connection with the fire. We have learnt that the chit was passed to the accused from someone behind bars," the officer said.
"The person we are questioning is closely linked to the seven accused," he added.
Senior inspector of Bhandup police station, S Nadgouda said: " We are investigating the case and in case someone else's role is revealed, we shall arrest him.
The Bhandup police had earlier believed that one of the arrested accused, Mayur Shinde, 28, who has a criminal record, was the mastermind. Apart from Shinde, the Bhandup police had also arrested Siddhesh Tawde, 24 and Raju Bharadwaj, 27, for allegedly firing at the builder's office.
On the same day, the crime branch had arrested Ashish Godake, 20, Sunny Salunkhe, 20, Sandesh Vichare, 19 and Anil Rambhade, 23, who accompanied Tawde and Bharadwaj on the bike.
The arrested accused will be brought to court on Saturday, so that their police custody can be extended.
On November 4, two shooters had fired three rounds at builder Vaibhav Kokate's Bhandup office. Police suspect it to be and extortion attempt. Kokate was not in the office at the time, but was in the same building.