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Ambani threat: SUV owner tracked, police don’t rule out terror angle India News

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MUMBAI: The criminal branch, which is investigating the case of an explosives-laden vehicle found near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, has not ruled out an angle of terror.
Mumbai Joint PC (Crime) Milind Bharambe said police are investigating all aspects, including the possibility of a terror plot. The National Investigation Agency has joined the investigation and has registered the statement of businessman Hiren Mansukh, owner of the stolen vehicle that was found with jelly sticks and a threatening note. Bharambe said they are scanning CCTV footage from the last one or two weeks in case the suspects had reconnoitred.
Another senior official said: “When there is a terrorist attack or terrorist organizations are involved, they often claim responsibility. Twenty-four hours have passed, no one has complained, but that does not rule out the angle of terror ”. Police said the 20 jelly bars weighing 2.5 kg had the explosive potential of an impact that could have been felt in a 3,000-square-foot area.
Police said another vehicle, an Innova, was following the van from Thane to Carmichael Road, where Ambani’s Antilia bungalow is located. The Innova also had a fake registration number and has yet to be traced.
The Scorpio owned by businessman Thane was stolen on February 17 from the Mulund-Airoli route where it was parked due to a technical inconvenience. Police said the jelly sticks found in the vehicle were made by a Nagpur company called Solar Industries, but the firm does not have a tracking system for individual explosive cartridges. A sports bag bearing the Mumbai Indians logo was also found in the vehicle.
The Scorpio and Innova crossed Mulund’s naka check at 1.20 a.m. M., They passed Priyadarshini Circle in Chunabhatti, Dadar, Byculla, before reaching Carmichael Road at 2.18am. M. On its way back, the Innova crossed Mulund’s naka check at 3.20 a.m., police said, adding that it had the driver of the Scorpio on it.
Teams are working to find out what happened between February 17, when the Scorpio was reported stolen, and February 24, when it was found near Ambani’s residence. Police said an attempt was made to erase the chassis and engine number. No information is available on Innova, police said.
An officer said they have recorded the statement of a security personnel who noticed him stationed near the Ambani residence and increased the security of the family. “We have not yet decided to record the statement of someone from the Ambani family,” said a police officer.
What has puzzled investigators is that four license plates found on the Scorpio were the same as those on the Ambani security convoy vehicles and one used by Nita Ambani.
A Reliance Industries spokesperson said: “We are grateful to the Mumbai Police for their swift and immediate action. We are confident that the Mumbai Police will promptly complete their thorough investigation. ”
Gamdevi police on Thursday night registered an FIR against unidentified persons under Sections 286 (negligent conduct regarding explosive substances), 465 (punishment for forgery), 473 (manufacture or possession of a false stamp, etc. ., with the intent to commit forgery punishable otherwise), 506 II (punishment for criminal intimidation), 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under Section 4 (punishment for attempting to cause an explosion, or for making or keep explosive with intent to endanger life or property) of the Explosive Substances Act of 1908.
(With input from Shishir Arya)

Times of India

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