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NIA detains woman seen with Vaze in connection to Mumbai car explosives case

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency on Thursday evening arrested a woman, seen on CCTV cameras with former Police Inspector Sachin Vaze leaving a five-star hotel in South Mumbai before the controversy over the Ambani security scare. The NIA carried out searches at the woman’s flat and interrogated her there till the time of going to press, officials said.

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The woman had reportedly been laundering Vaze’s black money, NIA officials said. She did this by using two IDs, and she had the note-counting machine which was found in Vaze’s Mercedes car last month.

The investigating agency on Thursday also carried out searches at a hotel-cum-club at Babulnath and claimed to have recovered documents related to the eight SIM cards used by Vaze in the case of murder of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran, whose Scorpio laden with explosives was found outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence on February 25.

As per sources, the person who ran the establishment employed one of the accused , Naresh Gor, on Vaze’s instructions. Officials said that Vaze had instructed Naresh to procure SIM cards for his personal use. Gor procured the SIM cards from Gujarat and they were handed over to Vaze through co-accused constable Vinayak Shinde, officials said. One of the cards was used to call Mansukh Hiran on March 4. The next day, his body was found in a creek in Mumbra.

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