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Ambani security scare: NIA searches hotel, club in Mumbai, flat in Thane

Ambani security scare: NIA searches hotel, club in Mumbai, flat in Thane
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(Eds: adds detail of detention of Waze''s associate)

Mumbai, Apr 1 (PTI) The NIA conducted searches at a

hotel and a club in south Mumbai and a flat in neighbouring

Thane on Thursday in connection with its probe into the Ambani

security scare case, and also detained a woman, an alleged

associate of main accused Sachin Waze, sources said.

A team of the National Investigation Agency, which is

probing the recovery of an explosives-laden Scorpio near

industrialist Mukesh Ambani''s residence and the murder of

businessman Mansukh Hiran, reached the Soni building, where

the hotel and the club are situated, around 12.45 pm.

Customers and staff members of the hotel were asked to

vacate the premises, located near the Babulnath temple.

During the search, the NIA sleuths also made enquiries

with a few people at the club and the hotel, the official

said. The probe team left the place after over three hours.

Waze, a suspended police official whom the NIA

arrested last month in connection with the case, had been

recently brought by the probe agency to the Babulnath area as

part of its probe, sources said.

Another NIA team conducted searches at a flat in

Mira Road area in Thane district.

According to sources, the flat was in a woman''s

possession and was locked for over two weeks, and the same

woman, an alleged associate of Waze, was detained by the

agency from the airport on Thursday evening. However, this was

not officially confirmed by the central agency.

The gelatin sticks found in the vehicle near Ambani''s

house had been procured by Waze himself, NIA sources had

claimed on Wednesday.

The NIA on Sunday recovered a laptop, a printer, two

hard disks, two vehicle number plates, two digital video

recorders (DVRs) and two CPUs from the Mithi river here with

the help of divers.

The agency is probing the alleged role of Waze in

parking the explosives-laden SUV near Ambani''s residence on

February 25 and in the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran.

The body of Hiran, who was in possession of the SUV,

was found in a creek in Mumbra town of neighbouring Thane

district on March 5.

Meanwhile, a CCTV footage purportedly showing Waze and

suspended police constable Vinayak Shinde seating inside a

black Audi surfaced on Thursday.

The probe agencies so far have seized seven high-end

cars used by Waze -- the Scorpio found near Ambani''s

residence, two Mercedes cars, a Prado Land Cruiser, a

Mitsubishi Outlander, a Volvo, and an Innova.

The CCTV footage which the NIA has obtained is of

March 2 and captured at a toll plaza, sources claimed. The

central agency is yet to seize the Audi, they added.

The same car had been earlier found parked at the

Mumbai Police Commissioner''s office, sources said. PTI DC GK

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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