'Big fish' involved in Juhu murder: police

To get more information, the police plan to subject main accused Laxman Patel, to a narcoanalysis test, reports Debasish Panigrahi.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 02:08 IST

The Juhu police suspect the involvement of a "big fish" in the murder of secretary of a Juhu housing society, which is being constructed under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme in the Kapaswadi area.

To get more information, the police plan to subject main accused Laxman Patel, former secretary of the society, to a narcoanalysis test.

Additional Commissioner of Police (West Region) Bipin Bihari told HT, "We will try to find the culprits who are still behind the scene. And for that we will adopt every scientific method of investigation, including narcoanalysis, to obtain information."

On Saturday, the police arrested former coconut vendors, Kumar alias Tilakkan Tahil and Pradeep Adiath and Patel for allegedly murdering Abdul Sheikh. His brutally stabbed body was found near Rajiv Gandhi Engineering College at Versova Link Road on November 11.

Laxman had allegedly paid Rs 5 lakh to Tahil to kill Sheikh, who, in turn, had paid Rs 40,000 to Adiath.

"We are trying to ascertain where Laxman, who is a grocer, got the money from," a senior officer from the Juhu police station, who is investigating the case, told HT.

The interrogation of the two contract killers had led the police to suspect that Laxman was initially given the contract to kill Sheikh, the officer added.

"Laxman told us, 'Finish the work early. I'm under a lot of pressure'," Tahil reportedly told his interrogators.

"What was the hurry? Who was compelling Laxman?" the officer questioned, adding, "We want to know who were the players behind the scene."

He added that the grounds for the murder, as allegedly revealed by Laxman, were unconvincing. "He said he felt humiliated, as Sheikh had replaced him as secretary and so wanted to take revenge. But can a person commit such a heinous crime for that?" the officer asked.

"Perhaps Sheikh had objected to some wrongdoings attempted by Laxman in the allotment of flats in the SRA building. Being at a prime locality, many influential people were eyeing the project."

It may be recalled that recently a host of Bollywood bigwigs and socialites had come under the scanner for allegedly trying to grab property under the SRA scheme. "This may be another in the making," the officer noted.

Email Debashish Panigrahi: debashish.panigrahi@hindustantimes.com

First Published: Dec 20, 2006 02:08 IST