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