The Volvo car that was allegedly used in the Mansukh Hiren
murder case being taken to
the NIA office in Mumbai
on Tuesday. (PTI)
Recovers documents used for dubious SIM cards
THE NIA on Thursday conducted searches at a club over the alleged murder of businessman Mansukh Hiren, whose car was used in creating a security scare outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence, and recovered crucial documents pertaining to the SIM cards used by suspended police officer Sachin Waze, officials said here. They said the searches were carried out at ‘Aashish Club’ run by a person identified as Devajit who is alleged to have employed one of the accused in the case, Naresh Gor, on Waze’s instructions.
The officials said that Waze had instructed Naresh to procure SIM cards for his personal use. Naresh is alleged to have procured the SIM cards from the neighbouring State of Gujarat and these were handed over to Waze through co-accused Vinayak Shinde, the officials said. One of these SIM cards was used by Waze to give a call to Hiren, which turned out to be the last call before the businessman was killed. The body of Hiren, who was in possession of the SUV used in the security scare incident, was found in a creek in the Mumbra town of the neighbouring Thane district on March 5.
During the searches on Thursday, documents pertaining to the SIM cards were seized from the club, besides some other material that indicated that alleged kickbacks being paid to government servants, the officials said. They said Hiren was allegedly killed by Waze after reports started surfacing that the case would be handed over to the central agency for probe. Initial investigations suggested that Hiren was called to a place where he was made unconscious with the help of some drugs before being smothered to death. His vehicle was found outside Ambani’s house in Mumbai on February 25 with gelatin sticks and a threat note.
The NIA has said in the court that Waze had taken the car from Hiren before allegedly planting the explosives and parking it outside Ambani’s house on February 25. Waze was arrested on March 15 by the NIA and is at present in the custody of the agency till April 3. The Maharashtra ATS, which was initially probing the Hiran murder case, had arrested Gor and Shinde. This case was also taken over by the NIA and the duo are in the custody of the agency till April 10.