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Owner of SUV, abandoned with explosives outside Mukesh Ambani home, found dead

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: As per recent developments to the mystery of an explosives-filled vehicle parked near business mogul Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai residence ‘Antilia’, the owner of the Scorpio SUV reportedly committed suicide on Friday.

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The man’s body was fished out of a creek near Mumbai, according to a Thane police officer, “The body of one Mansukh Hiren whose car was found outside Mukesh Ambani’s residence (with gelatin inside it), died by suicide by jumping into Kalwa creek. Accidental Death Report (ADR) registered.”

The sensational development saw the opposition BJP demanding answers and a thorough probe in the Maharashtra assembly. BJP’s member Devendra Fadnavis demanded that case be handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA) saying, “I asked in House for protection to Mansukh Hiren, as he’s the main link in the case and might be in danger. Now we get to know of his body being found. It makes the case fishy. Looking at this and alleged terror angle, we demand that case be handed over to NIA.”

Whereas, Shiv Sena leader and minister Aditya Thackeray, responded to the shocking incident, saying “We just learnt about this. It is a very big incident and the police are investigating. Please let us get proper information.”

Upon being asked if his government would hand over the investigation to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), he said, “We can according to the rules. It will be more appropriate for the state home minister to speak on this.”

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Earlier, talking about the incident in the state legislative Assembly, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh clarified, “Car’s owner was Sam Muten who had given it to Mansukh Hiren for maintenance of its interior. Hiren had kept the car in his custody when Sam didn’t pay for it.”

The black SUV (Scorpio) with 2.5 kg of gelatin sticks, an explosive material was found abandoned around 1.4 km from Reliance Ltd. industry owner, Mukesh Ambani’s 27-storey home in south Mumbai, after midnight last Wednesday. A bomb disposal squad had also found a handwritten letter addressed to the Reliance chairman and Nita Ambani in the SUV apart from explosives materials.

A day later, the police learnt that the Scorpio was stolen from Mulund area a week ago, whose owner lived in Vikhroli, another part of the city.

As per CCTV footage, a man in a mask and a hoodie was seen in security footage parking the car, but he was not identified. The clip also showed the Scorpio reaching the spot, along with an Innova, that is also under probe, the in the early hours of Thursday, and the driver of Scorpio then got down and left in the other vehicle. The car had some number plates and a Mumbai police spokesperson said the number plate of the SUV matched that of a vehicle on Mukesh Ambani’s security detail.

The police were also investigating from where the gelatin sticks were procured as they were not military grade but of the commercial kind that is usually used in construction, digging or mining, said a police official.

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In a statement, Reliance Industries said: “We are thankful to Mumbai Police for their quick and immediate action. We are confident that Mumbai Police will complete their thorough investigation quickly.”

Earlier this week, the police had dismissed any connection of this incident to that a little-known group, Jaish-ul-Hind, which put out a poster alleging, “We want to clear that ‘Jaish-Ul-Hind’ has no relation with the incident that happened outside Mukesh Ambani’s bungalow.”

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