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3 more held in Bhandarkar murder plot case
September 21, 2005 16:27 IST
One more person was arrested in connection with a plot to murder Page 3 director Madhur Bhandarkar, allegedly hatched by Bollywood starlet Preeti Jain, taking the total number of arrests in the case to five, a senior police official said.
Gufran Mohamed Ibrahim Sheikh alias Sameer, a resident of central Mumbai, was arrested on Tuesday night, Deputy Commissioner of Police Santosh Rastogi said.
Sameer, a sharpshooter, is suspected to be part of the conspiracy, Rastogi said.
Shivam Arjundas and Satish Mohite, residents of Parel, were arrested on Tuesday and a country-made revolver and four bullets seized from them.
Preeti Jain and former Arun Gawli aide Naresh Pardesi are in police custody.
Jain, who hit headlines last year for charging Bhandarkar with sexual exploitation, was arrested on September 10 after gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli tipped police of a plot to eliminate the filmmaker.
Gawli's former aide Naresh Pardesi was subsequently held on charges of accepting Rs 75,000 from Jain to execute the plan. Investigations revealed that Pardesi allegedly hired
Shivam, Mohite and Sameer to execute the murder plan.