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Hiren murder case: ATS arrests policeman, bookie

Officials say Vaze has emerged as prime accused in crime; Raj Thackeray seeks Centre’s intervention

In a “major breakthrough”, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a policeman and a bookie in reference to the alleged murder of businessman Mansukh Hiren, an official stated on Sunday, including that police officer Sachin Vaze had performed a key position within the crime and emerged because the prime accused.

The accused duo, recognized as policeman Vinayak Shinde and bookie Naresh Gaur, have been arrested on Saturday late night time, he stated. Earlier within the day, the official had given the identify of the bookie as Naresh Dhare, however later stated it was Naresh Gaur. Shinde is a convict within the 2006 Lakhan Bhaiya faux encounter case and he got here out from jail on furlough final yr, he stated, including that Shinde had been in contact with Mr. Vaze since then.

Mr. Vaze is at the moment within the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which is probing the restoration of an explosives-laden car which was discovered parked close to industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s multi-storey residence ‘Antilia’ in south Mumbai on February 25. The car was in possession of Mr. Hiren earlier than his physique was present in a creek close to Thane on March 5. The Union Home Ministry on Saturday handed over the Hiren murder case to the NIA.

“Sachin Vaze is a prime accused in the Hiren murder case. He had played a key role. During the probe, the ATS found that Gaur had provided five SIM cards to API Vaze and Shinde for the crime. Shinde used to help Vaze in his illegal activities,” the official stated.

He stated the ATS was investigating if extra individuals have been concerned within the case and what position they’d performed.

‘Finding main conspirator’

“The ATS is probing who was the main conspirator,” he added. “Both the accused were on Saturday called to the ATS headquarters for questioning in connection with the case and later placed under arrest,” he added. “The State ATS has so far interrogated several people, including police officials and the family members of the deceased. The arrest of these two persons is a major breakthrough in the case,” the official stated.

The ATS had earlier registered a case underneath Indian Penal Code sections 302 (murder), 201 (inflicting disappearance of proof of offence or giving false info to display offender), 120B (legal conspiracy) and 34 (widespread intention) towards unidentified individuals in reference to Hiren’s dying.

Earlier within the day, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray sought the Centre’s intervention in unearthing the reality behind the explosives-laden automotive that was discovered close to Mr. Ambani’s residence. Addressing a press convention, Mr. Thackeray alleged that the Maharashtra authorities did not make clear a number of fundamental factors within the case.

“The explosives case doesn’t revolve only around Param Bir Singh and Sachin Vaze. Police placing the explosives or being asked to do so is not a small thing,” he stated. The Centre ought to assist in discovering out the reality within the case. The fundamental situation of who positioned the explosives-laden car and on whose directions it was executed must be came upon, the MNS chief stated. “The basic issue should not be forgotten, otherwise this case will go the same way as actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s (death) case,” he stated.

Mr. Thackeray stated it appears most unlikely that the car with explosives was parked close to Mr. Ambani’s home by Mr. Vaze with out being requested to take action.

Mr. Thackeray requested why there is no such thing as a readability but from the State authorities as to why Param Bir Singh was shunted out. “Was it because he is linked to the placing of the vehicle? And if Singh is involved, why didn’t the State government take action against him instead of just a transfer?” he requested.

Mr. Thackeray stated the supply of the gelatin sticks within the car has additionally not been revealed but. He stated Mr. Ambani and Uddhav Thackeray share a particularly heat relationship.

‘Threat letter in question’

Mr. Raj Thackeray additionally raised query marks over the menace letter discovered within the car, saying, “Is it so easy to extort money from Ambani? Will the police on their owndare to try to extort money from an industrialist, who shares very warm relations with the chief minister,” he requested.

He reiterated his demand for resignation of Anil Deshmukh for making certain free and honest probe over the allegations towards him.

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