THE proprietor of the car that was discovered parked outdoors the south Mumbai house of industrialist Mukesh Ambani final month, was discovered lifeless on Friday.
On Thursday night time, the household of Mansukh Hiren, 47, had lodged a lacking particular person’s criticism with the Thane police.
An officer stated that on Friday morning, the Mumbra Police in Thane was knowledgeable a couple of physique floating within the Kalwa creek which was later recognized as Hiren’s. The native police have registered an unintentional demise report.
The Indian Express has learnt from police sources that whereas the material masks round his mouth was discovered intact, his mouth was full of items of fabric.
Police stated Hiren’s son instructed them that his father went lacking after he left his store at Crawford Market round 8 pm on Thursday after receiving a name.
The caller, police stated, had recognized himself as ‘Tawde’ and stated he was a policeman investigating the February 25 incident outdoors the Ambanis’ Antilia house, the place Hiren’s stolen Scorpio was discovered with gelatin sticks and a menace word inside it.
DCP Zone 1 Avinash Ambure stated Hiren instructed his son that he was going to fulfill the policeman close to Godbundar space in Thane and left in an auto rickshaw. His cellphone has been switched off since 10.30 pm that night time.
On Friday, talking within the Assembly, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis requested for the matter to be transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Fadnavis alleged that he had Call Data Records to indicate that Assistant Police Inspector (API) Sachin Vaze of the Mumbai Police, who was the Investigating Officer of the case until Thursday, had been in contact with Hiren even earlier than the Scorpio within the Antilia case was traced to him. This, Fadnavis alleged, was suspicious and therefore wanted an NIA probe.
Late Friday, the federal government introduced the switch of each the Antilia case in addition to Hiren’s demise case to the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Mumbai Police.
Hours after the Scorpio was discovered parked outdoors the Ambani residence, police had traced the car to Hiren. The registration variety of the car had been modified and there have been makes an attempt to scratch out the chassis quantity as properly. A case was registered on the Gamdevi police station and the matter was handed over to the Crime Investigation Unit (CIU).
Hiren, a Thane resident who ran an car enterprise, instructed the CIU in a press release that on February 17, his car broke down whereas he was on his manner from Thane to Crawford Market. He parked it on the Eastern Express Highway in Vikhroli and employed an Ola cab to Crawford Market. He stated that when he went to get the car the subsequent day, it was lacking, and he acquired an FIR registered on the Vikhroli police station.
Though Hiren’s assertion was recorded a number of instances after his automotive was discovered outdoors Antilia, police are but to establish or hint the culprits. On Thursday, the matter was transferred from Vaze to ACP Nitin Alakhnure.
Speaking within the Assembly, Fadnavis raised a sequence of allegations in opposition to API Vaze. Saying that he had name information data to indicate that Vaze had spoken to Hiren in June-July, Fadnavis stated, “It is also curious that Vaze was the first person to reach the spot where the Scorpio was found, before the local police or any other unit of the Crime Branch. Vaze, like Hiren, is a resident of Thane. Also, on the day Hiren came to Crawford Market, where the Mumbai Police Headquarters is located, he met someone there. It is easy to find out who he met. Police already have the number of the Ola car he took that day. They just need to ask the driver.”
He added, “It is also curious that suddenly, two days ago, the investigation in the case was taken away from Vaze and handed over to an ACP-ranked officer. I want to know why this case was transferred. In order to remove all suspicion, the matter should be handed over to the NIA.”
When contacted about Fadnavis’s allegations, Vaze stated, “The person also stays in Thane and I may have met him. I do not know anything about the CDR. I was not the first person who reached the spot after the Scorpio vehicle was found.”
On Hiren’s demise, Vaze stated, “He had complained of harassment by the police and media to the Thane and Mumbai Police Commissioners.”
Responding to Fadnavis within the Assembly, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh stated, “The Maharashtra Police, Mumbai Police and Thane Police are competent enough to investigate the matter. Are you angered by Vaze because he was the person who arrested Arnab Goswami in the Anvay Naik suicide case? You give us whatever details you have and we will investigate the matter.”
Responding to Hiren’s demise, Fadnavis stated, “We had demanded protection for Hiren earlier. There is an attempt being made to show that he committed suicide. His death should be investigated properly.”
Hiren’s spouse Vimal instructed reporters: “Hiren can never think of committing suicide. He has been cooperating with the investigators in the gelatin matter. He told us that he was called by one Tawde from Kandivali Crime Branch and he was going to meet him at Godbundar road. I want police to conduct a thorough inquiry.”
Hiren’s elder brother Vinod instructed The Indian Express, “He was called to Mumbai CP office almost every day and was asked the same questions. Hiren had told us that he was being harassed by the police.”
He added that Hiren had submitted a criticism in regards to the harassment to each the Mumbai and Thane police commissioners.
Family members and shut buddies who gathered at Chhatrapati Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa, the place his physique was despatched for autopsy, stated Hiren was a swimmer and wouldn’t finish his life by leaping into water. “There is a possibility that he may have been killed. We want police to probe thoroughly,” stated an in depth good friend.