Explosive Laden SUV Was Not Stolen But Parked At Sachin Vaze’s Housing Society; CCTV Footage Was Damaged:  NIA

by Swarajya Staff - Mar 16, 2021 04:57 AM
Explosive Laden SUV Was Not Stolen But Parked At Sachin Vaze’s Housing Society; CCTV Footage Was Damaged:  NIASachin Vaze (L) and the abandoned SUV with explosives found near Ambani’s house (R) (Source: @Viren24901409/Twitter)

In the latest turn of events, NIA has found that the explosive laden SUV found near Ambani house was not stolen, as alleged by Mansukh Hiren, but parked at Sachin Vaze’s housing society in Thane, reports TOI.

On 25 February, a green SUV was found about 600 metres away from industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house with 20 gelatin sticks and a hand-written letter. The car was parked at Vaze’s housing society for a week before this.

The car was traced to Mansukh Hiren, a Thane-based automobile spare parts businessman. In November 2020, Hiren had purportedly given the SUV to Sachin Vaze, an old client, who returned the car back on 5 February 2021 owing to a technical snag in the steering.

In his statement to the police, Hiren claimed that he was forced to park the car after the “steering gets jammed” at the Eastern Express Highway in Vikhroli from where it was stolen on 18 February. On 5 March, Hiren was found dead after being “missing” for five hours. His wife alleged that Vaze had killed Hiren.

NIA had arrested Vaze on 13 March after more than 12 hours of questioning. NIA is now reportedly probing if Vaze was present at the spot near Ambani’s house where the explosive-laden Scorpio was abandoned on the night of the incident.

NIA also suspects that the man in the PPE kit near the car as seen in the CCTV footage might be Vaze, and is verifying his alibis.

The NIA probe shows that the SUV wasn’t stolen but was opened with a key, driven, and parked it in Vaze’s housing society in Saket, Thane. When the NIA went to recover the CCTV footage from the housing society’s digital video recorder, it was found damaged.

As part of the Crime Intelligence Unit that was probing the case, Vaze collected the footage from the housing society on 2 March in the name of the investigation to ensure that it doesn’t reach the hands of other investigative agencies.

Reportedly, Vaze visited a shop that makes number plates and took away all the digital evidence containing the details of the visitors to the housing society, and the register containing orders received. This is where a fake name plate, a scooter’s, was allegedly installed on the car.

This shop is located near Hiren’s spare parts shop.

On 18 February, when Hiren had parked the car in at the Eastern Express Highway in Vikhroli, he took an Ola cab. The cab driver was also quizzed by the investigating agencies and it was revealed that Hiren had initially booked the cab to go to Crawford Market, but changed the destination to CST to meet someone he was referring to as “sir”.

NIA suspects that “sir” was someone who collected the car keys from Hiren on Vaze’s behalf and then drove and parked the car near Vaze’s house.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra government, under immense pressure, suspended Sachin Vaze on Monday.

TOI report quotes sources as saying that Vaze has admitted his role in the Ambani bomb threat case but not disclosed the motive.

Also read: The Sachin Vaze Story: A Timeline Of Ambani Bomb Threat Case That Can Shake Up Maharashtra’s Politics

Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Comments
Get Swarajya in your inbox everyday. Subscribe here.
Advertisement

Latest Articles

    Artboard 4Created with Sketch.