Ambani bomb scare: Key recoveries from a mercedes, cop allegedly drove it

 Ambani bomb scare: Key recoveries from a mercedes, cop allegedly drove it

NIA last week arrested Sachin Waze for his alleged role in placing the SUV near Ambani’s residence

Share this article !

Sachin Vaze used to drive the Mercedes car, the NIA said

MUMBAI

The National Investigation Agency, which is probing the recovery of an explosives-laden Scorpio SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence in Mumbai last month, has seized a black Mercedes-Benz car, which allegedly used to be driven by arrested police officer Sachin Waze. The anti-terror agency has recovered ₹ 5 lakh cash, a note-counting machine, some clothes and the license plate of the SUV from the car.
“NIA today seized a black Mercedes-Benz car. We have recovered the number plate that was on the Scorpio car, over ₹ 5 Lakh in cash, a note-counting machine and some clothes…Sachin Waze used to drive this car… the ownership of the car is under investigation,” senior NIA officer Anil Shukla told reporters.

Officials said they also found a check shirt and a plastic bottle with kerosene. Sources had earlier said surveillance footage showed a PPE-clad man, which could be Vaze. The man – caught on CCTV – was also wearing a checkered shirt. Investigators now believe kerosene in the bottle was used to burn the PPE kit.

On February 25, the Scorpio SUV with explosives was found abandoned near Mukesh Ambani’s residential building Antilia. It also had a threat note to him and his wife Nita Ambani. The car was traced to a Thane-based auto parts dealer Mansukh Hiran, who had filed a stolen report with the police on February 17.

Hiran was found dead in a creek near Mumbai on March 5. His wife alleged that Sachin Waze, the first investigating officer in the bomb scare case, had used the car for four months and returned it on February 5. She also accused the officer of having a role in her husband’s death.

Days after taking over the case from the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad, the NIA last week arrested Sachin Waze for his alleged role in placing the SUV near Ambani’s residence. He was questioned by the agency for hours on Sunday.

The NIA on Monday alleged that  Waze seized CCTV footage at his own apartment complex and erased it. It searched his office and seized his computer-tablet, laptop and some mobile phones.

The ruling Shiv Sena had slammed the centre for handing over the case to the NIA. It said that the Mumbai police and the ATS were capable of handling the case, and the centre’s action demoralised the local law enforcement.

Agencies

Share this article !

0 Reviews

Related post