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Sena gets critical of NIA probe into Ambani case, asks ‘what about Pulwama’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena isn’t very happy with the recent developments in the ongoing Mukesh Ambani security scare investigation as the same was reflected in its party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ where questions were being raised on the National Investigation Agency (NIA)’s probe and the arrest of a police officer, Sachin Vaze.

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Two days after Param Bir Singh was replaced as Mumbai Police Chief, Sena came out in his support alleging some “unforgivable lapses” revealed by the probe. Though the Mumbai Police chief’s sacking was described by Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh as a decision by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray but it is believed to have caused strain between the Shiv Sena and its ally NCP, which is Deshmukh’s party.

“The 20 gelatin sticks found on Carmichael Road did not explode but these explosives are causing explosions in politics and the administration. The Mumbai Police Commissioner has had to go from his post because of this episode,” the Sena editorial read.

The case involves a Scorpio SUV laden with explosive-gelatin sticks found abandoned near Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai home “Antilia” last month on February 25.

Mumbai’s top cop, Sachin Vaze, also one of the ‘encounter specialists’, who was the first police officer on the case, has been arrested by the NIA over suspicion that he played a role in the bomb-laden car being parked near the Ambani home.

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The owner of Scorpio car Mansukh Hiran was found dead in a creek near Mumbai early this month, and his wife blamed Sachin Vaze for the death of her husband.

The Shiv Sena, in its editorial wrote that the Mumbai police Anti-Terrorist Squad was investigating the death but the NIA “suddenly” took over the investigation.

“The motive behind this will soon come out. There is no link of any terror in this case but the NIA has butted in to investigate this crime? What is going on? The NIA investigates terror incidents across the country. But we want to know that the agency investigating gelatin sticks has found in connection with Uri attack, the Pathankot attack and the Pulwama attack. What truth have they uncovered? How many criminals have they arrested? This is also a matter of suspense,” said the Saamna.

Just because Param Bir Singh had been removed did not prove he had committed a crime, the editorial said.

“Param Bir Singh was responsible for the Mumbai Police at a very difficult time and in spite of the Sushant and Kangana case he did not let it affect the morale of the Mumbai Police. That is why even though the CBI was sent in, they could not go beyond the Mumbai Police probe in the case.” The Sena said the ratings scam was also detected during his tenure and a powerful lobby in Delhi was “angry” with Param for that.

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The Sena also took a jibe at its ally-turned-bitter rival saying that Mansukh Hiran’s suspicious death has caused “more grief” to the BJP than anyone, and reminded the saffron party that one of its MPs, Ramswarup Sharma, “has died under suspicious circumstances in Delhi”.

Shiv Sena also referred to the death of another MP, Mohan Delkar, and Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

“How to use someone’s death can be learnt from the current opposition. Everyone is trying to lower the morale of the Mumbai Police. The Opposition should not commit these sins (paap). If they are dreaming of power in Maharashtra that is their problem.”

Commenting on the editorial, BJP spokesperson Ram Kadam said, “The Shiv Sena is supporting the Vaze Gang. They are praising the transferred police commissioner. The Home Minister has mentioned unforgivable lapses. Is he hinting at unforgivable lapses by the Shiv Sena? These two parties are speaking in different voices. Their differences are affecting the law and order situation in the state.”

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