Mumbai: Mansukh Hiran, the owner of the SUV (Scorpio car) which was found laden with explosive-gelatine sticks outside business mogul Mukesh Ambani’s building ‘Antila’, may have been beaten and thrown into the creek, surmised the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).
As per ATS, the report of the diatom test conducted by the Grant Government Medical College, indicated that Mansukh Hiran was alive when he came in contact with water.
It is to be mentioned that Diatoms are single-celled algae present in a water body, which enter the lungs and various tissues of a drowning victim. Through the diatom test one can ascertain the presence of the single-celled algae inside the body of a victim, which forms supportive evidence for the diagnosis of drowning.
However, according to Dr Rajesh Dere, professor of forensic medicine in Sion hospital, the diatom test cannot be looked upon as “clinching evidence” about whether drowning happened before death (ante-mortem) or after death (post-mortem).“It can be used to corroborate the findings of an investigation,” he said, adding that medical textbooks rarely mention this test anymore.
On March 4, Hiran’s body was found in a creek near Mumbra, a week after the explosive laden SUV was found parked near Ambani’s house. The ATS is planning to send the report to the FSL in Madhuban, Haryana, for a second opinion.
An ATS official said there are lots of unanswered questions, like the source of the dry handkerchiefs found stuffed in Hiran’s mouth, are to be investigated with more rigorous probe.
Meanwhile, Hiran’s autopsy report had stated that there were ante-mortem injuries. Hiran’s wife Vimala stated that his mobile phone, a one-and-a-half tola gold chain, a gold ring embedded with sapphire, a Titan watch, five to six ATM cards and cash were missing.
To understand the whole series of events, investigating officials had also took prime suspect Sachin Vaze to different locations in an attempt to understand how he might have planned the crime and taken various routes. The team took Vaze near Mahim creek and later to his residence in Saket society, Sanket Nagar, Thane.
As per recent developments, the police have already established that Vaze had parked the Scorpio car for nearly a week before planting explosive-gelatine sticks in it and parking it outside Ambani’s house on February 25.
The National Investigating Agency (NIA) officials are now looking for an Audi in which Vaze came to the police headquarters and took away three bags of documents and other personal items.
On Tuesday the NIA had seized Vaze’s Mercedes car and had recovered Rs 5.70 lakhs cash, currency note counting machine, few old clothes and beer bottles. The probing agency is also looking for Vaze’s mobile phone as on Saturday, he visited the NIA office without carrying his mobile phone.