The Aarey police have so far arrested three people in the Film City shootout case.
Three days after a labour contractor was shot at in Film City, Goregaon (East), the police are yet to trace three others, who are absconding. The arrested accused have been identified as Sumit Talekar, 22, Jugal Dodiya, 26, and Yogesh Kokane, 31.
According to the police, the accused orchestrated the attack to take revenge over a fight with Raju Shinde last month, when they went to him to look for a job.
Fatehsingh Patil, additional commissioner of police, north, said the trio is suspected to have hatched the conspiracy.
A month ago, Kokane and three of his friends — Suresh Gaikwad, Rakesh Kamble and Sandeep Khairnar — had approached Shinde for a job. Shinde, who is in the business of constructing sets at Film City, had allegedly refused, said the police.
“The four got into an argument with Shinde and he beat and kicked them out. They then decided to kill him,” said Patil. The police have also recovered a pistol, 10 rounds of live cartridges and two magazines from Kokane’s workplace. They are investigating whether the seized firearm was used in Friday’s attack, when one man opened fire at Shinde near Balaji Studios.
The shooter and an accomplice then fled on a blue Pulsar. A security officer chased the men for around 200 metres, following which they abandoned their bike and got on another bike, where their third accomplice was waiting, and fled.
Talekar, the first to be arrested, was picked up. His accomplice Kokane, who works as a cable service provider, was eventually arrested along with Dodiya.
“The three will be produced before the metropolitan court on Tuesday. We have formed teams to locate the absconding trio,” said Patil. The police said they are still unclear on which one of the arrested men fired at Shinde.