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Investigation of explosive-laden vehicle found near Mukesh Ambani’s residence transferred to NIA

The Ministry of Home ordered NIA to probe the case of the explosive-laden car near Reliance group chairman Mukesh Ambani’s residence and Mansukh Hiren’s death case.

Bomb scare at Ambani residence - File photo

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday (March 8) ordered the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the case of the explosive-laden car near Reliance group chairman Mukesh Ambani’s residence while ATS will investigate Mansukh Hiren’s death case. Mansukh Hiren is the owner of the vehicle which was with gelatin sticks near Ambani’s residence. His body was recovered last week from a creek near Thane. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has registered an FIR for alleged criminal conspiracy, murder, and attempts to destroy evidence in Mansukh Hiren death case, it confirmed today.

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Earlier today, the ATS had clarified that the Investigation of Mansukh Hiren death case will remain with the ATS and the case related to the recovery of explosives in a car near Mukesh Ambani’s house will be probed by NIA. NIA is in the process of re-registering the case, it said.

“NIA has received orders from MHA, GOI for investigation of case FIR 35/2020 registered at PS Gamdevi on February 25. This case relates to the recovery of explosives from a Mahindra Scorpio parked at Carmichael Road, Mumbai. NIA is in the process of re-registering the case,” NIA informed ANI.

BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanded a probe by the NIA in the case. Addressing media persons here, Fadnavis said, “I had demanded the security for Hiren (the owner of the explosives-laden vehicle) in the Legislative Assembly today along with the NIA probe in the matter. Now after the suicide of Hiren, the suspicion intensifies. I demand an NIA probe in the matter.”

On Friday (March 5) Maharashtra Police said that an unknown male corpse was found in Retibunder Creek on Retibunder road in Mumbra West. Later the corpse was identified as Hiren, a resident of Thane whose vehicle with gelatin sticks was found parked on Carmichael Road near Ambani’s residence Antilia. The police said prima facie it appears that Hiren died by suicide. According to Mumbai Police sources, a handwritten “threat letter” in “broken English” addressed to Ambani and his wife Neeta was also found in the vehicle with explosives on February 25.

The suspect who parked the car (near Ambani’s house) was seen in the CCTV footage but has not been identified as he was wearing a face mask and his head was covered with a hoodie, said the Mumbai Police. The city police has deployed its personnel outside Ambani’s house after explosive materials were found.

(With ANI inputs)

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