Owner of abandoned SUV with explosives near Mukesh Ambani's house found dead
Mumbai/IBNS: In a major turn of event, the owner of the SUV- a Scorpio-which was left abandoned with explosives near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house in Mumbai recently, was found dead on Friday, media reports said.
The body of Hiren Mansukh, 45, who was missing since Thursday night, was found near a creek close to Mumbai, said reports.
A case of accidental death has been filed.
The mysterious development led to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Maharashtra demanding that the probe into the case be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh reportedly said even Mansukh was not the owner of the car and that he had been commissioned to work on it.
Shiv Sena leader and minister Aditya Thackeray told reporters: "We just learnt about this. It is a very big incident and the police are investigating."
Asked whether his government would hand over the investigation to the NIA, he said: "We can, according to the rules. It will be more appropriate for the state home minister to speak on this."
Last week, an abandoned SUV with explosive materials was found near Mukesh Ambani's residence in Mumbai.
Hours later, a bomb disposal squad found 20 gelatin sticks -material used in explosives- besides a handwritten letter addressed to the Reliance chairman and Nita Ambani.
A day later, the police learnt that the SUV was stolen and that its owner lived in Vikhroli, another part of the city.
The police had then recorded the statement of owner Hiren Mansukh, who was a spare car parts businessman. He had earlier reported the car got stolen.
The car had some number plates and a Mumbai police spokesperson said the number plate of the SUV matched that of a car on Mukesh Ambani's security detail, said reports.
A man in a mask and a hoodie was seen parking the car on CCTV footage. However, he was not identified.
The police also saw CCTV footage of the car moving through the city, followed by an Innova car that is also being investigated.