The body of Mansukh Hiren, 48, the owner of Scorpio, found outside the residence of businessman Mukesh Ambani, was found by police in a stream near Mumbra on Friday. An investigation into the car explosives case, which was being overseen by Sachin Waze of the crime intelligence unit, was handed over to ACP Nitin Alaknure on Tuesday.
Seeking a NIA investigation, Fadnavis said at a meeting on Friday that the case had taken a turn for the worse after Hiren’s death. “Hiren has been an important mediator in this case,” Fadnavis said, adding that he has CDR (records of assault details) since 2020 which show assistant inspector Waze and Hiren “know and communicate”.
Fadnavis suspects that when a car with gelatin sticks inside was found outside Ambani Antilia on Carmichael Road on February 25, Waze arrived at the scene in front of local Gamdevi police. “Later, Waze was appointed as the (IO) investigator in the case. Three days ago, Vaze was acquitted and referred to the ACP (crime unit), ”he said.
Hiren had lodged a complaint with the Vicololi police about a car that went missing after he left it on the Eastern Express Highway after its steering operation became a problem on February 24. That day, Fadnavis said Hiren, who was heading to town, took Ola from the car park to Crawford Market, where there is a city police commission. Fadnavis said anyone who came to meet him should be investigated. He said that there is a lot of coincidence in this case that leads to suspicion.
The Fadnavis had also said that there was not a single vehicle but two vehicles were found from Thane, on the same route, on the same day, and that also in this area (Antilia).
Waze has defiled all these allegations. He told that Hiren owns a shop in Thane, he may have met him and that he don’t remember. But then Hiren had lodged a complaint with Thane police with several journalists who allegedly harassed him and asked if he was suspected.
Deshmukh said the state and police in Mumbai were competent and that opposition parties should rely on state police.
Hiren’s body was pulled from the river by crane around 10.30am on Friday. Hiren, who owned a car parts shop in Thane and lived in the Vikas Palm Complex, had been in his shop for almost a day on Thursday, his family said. One of his three sons told police that while he was at his store, his father received a call at 8:00 pm from someone. After the call, Hiren told his son that he would meet “Tawade Sahab in Kandivli” and that he had “called him to Ghodbunder Road”. After hiring a rickshaw, he left, said his son.
A missing family complaint lodged by the family stated that at 9.30pm, the son went home but his father had not returned. When she tried to call him around 10:15 at night, she found that the phone had been switched off until 1:30 am, with no call or message from Hiren. So the son called his uncle Vinod and told him about it. The family then lodged a complaint with the police after checking on Hiren’s staff and acquaintances.
Sandeep Khambe, a family friend, said, “Hiren was a swimmer and used to take her children to a community club, so it is unthinkable for her to do something like this. Everything looks suspicious in this case. ”
Avinash Ambure, DCP (zone-1), Thane, confirmed that the body had been identified as Hiren’s and that ADR (accidental death report) had been registered with the Mumbra police. Ambure said that an autopsy on Hiren’s body was conducted by the head and by the team at Kalwa Hospital. They have also kept their opinion uncovered. He said that they will be notified when these reports reach us.