The Maharashtra Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) has recorded a case of murder against unknown persons who found to have a connection with the death of Mansukh Hiren, the owner of the explosive-laden car found near billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s residence on February 25.
Hiren’s dead body was recovered from Kalwa creek on March 5, hours after his family reported him missing. Senior ATS official confirmed the FIR that was registered on the basis of the statement of Hiren’s wife Vimala on Sunday. The case was transferred to ATS after Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis demanded an NIA investigation into it.
This case is been registered under 302 (punishment for murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of an offence or giving false information to screen offender) 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC against an unknown person.
An ATS team also visited the Kalwa creek in the afternoon and inspected the area where the body was found, said ATS official. Earlier, Hiren reportedly stated that he felt harassed over being called several times for questioning by different agencies.
Hiren family clearly stated that Hiren was at his shop in Naupada around 8 pm on March 4 when he got a call from someone claiming to be a police officer from Kandivali and asking him to meet at Ghodbander road.
Hiren left the place around 8.30 pm to meet the person. The family started calling him around 10 pm but got the phone switched off. The family then approached the police and registered a missing person’s objection in the early hours of March 5.