×

India

Ambani bomb scare: NIA arrests Sachin Vaze’s associate Riyaz Kazi

Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested police officer Riyaz Kazi, an associate of Sachin Waze, on Sunday in relation with the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence, a police official said.

16370
Riyaz Kazi (Photo Credit: ANI)

Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested police officer Riyaz Kazi, an associate of Sachin Waze, on Sunday in relation with the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence, a police official said.

Assistant police inspector (API) Kazi was summoned in for questioning again by NIA on April 11 and later was placed under arrest, he said.

He was previously also interrogated numerous times by the NIA in connection with the case of the SUV with explosives found near Ambani’s residence in south Mumbai on February 25 and the subsequent death of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran.

ALSO READ: BJP cancels ticket of rape convict ex MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s wife two days after fielding her

Amid his arrest on Sunday, the assistant police inspector was produced before a holiday court which remanded him in the NIA’s custody until April 16 for further probe into the case.

Kazi was shunted out of the Mumbai Crime Branch last month, the official said.

Earlier, in a CCTV footage, Kazi was seen entering a number plates shop in suburban Vikhroli and having a conversation with the outlet’s owner. He was also seen taking away a digital video recorder and a computer of the shop.

Kazi was also seen collecting CCTV footage from Waze’s housing complex in neighbouring Thane, the official said.

ALSO READ: CBI calls personal assistants of ex-Maha Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning

The probe agency suspects that Kazi assisted Waze in obtaining fake number plates used for the SUV found with explosives near Ambani’s residence in south Mumbai, he said.

Hiran, who was in possession of the SUV, was found dead in a creek in Thane on March 5. The NIA arrested Waze on March 13 in connection with its probe into the case.

The probe agency had also arrested former policeman Vinayak Shinde and cricket bookie Naresh Gor. All the three are currently in judicial custody.

(With PTI inputs)