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The curious case of five luxury cars linked to Antilia bomb scare mystery
The seized cars include - two Mercedes, a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, a Scorpio and an Innova.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case pertaining to the recovery of an explosives-laden SUV near the house of industrialist Mukesh Ambani last month, has seized two more luxury cars allegedly used by suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze.
The Central probe agency has recovered a total of five luxury cars linked to the case so far. The seized cars include - two Mercedes, a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, a Scorpio and an Innova.
First car - Scorpio with gelatin sticks
On February 25, around 20 gelatin sticks weighing 2.6 kgs were found in a Scorpio car parked near the South Mumbai home of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani. It was later found that the vehicle was stolen from Vikhroli on February 17.
The explosives-laden SUV which was parked outside Ambani's residence was registered in the name of Mansukh Hiran. However, Hiren's wife alleged that her husband's car was allegedly in the possession of Sachin Waze since November 2020.
Hiran, an automobile accessories dealer, was found dead in a creek in neighbouring Thane on March 5.
Second car - Innova that escorted gelatin-laden SUV
A second car, an Innova, was seized on March 14 in connection with the case as it was seen in CCTV footage tailing the Scorpio in which gelatin was planted near Antilia. The white Innova car, which was allegedly used by the accused to flee after parking the explosive-laden Scorpio, was seized from the Mumbai Police Commissionerate office.
Third car - a black Mercedes-Benz
The third car seized on March 16 by NIA was a black Mercedes-Benz, which was allegedly used by arrested police officer Sachin Waze. The agency found Rs 5 lakh in cash, a note-counting machine, petrol, diesel and some clothes from the vehicle.
The NIA has also recovered the original number plate of the Scorpio car found near Antilia from the car.
Fourth car - Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
On Thursday, the NIA seized another car - a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. This car was found parked near Waze's Thane residence. Around mid-February, these vehicles were reportedly driven around to conduct a recce of the spot outside Antilia.
Fifth car - another Mercedes
The same day the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado was found, the NIA seized another Mercedes car which was allegedly used by Sachin Waze. However, it is not clear from where it was picked up.
Waze, an 'encounter specialist', was arrested by the NIA on March 13 in connection with the probe into the recovery of explosives from the SUV parked near Antilia. He was later suspended. He has also been facing heat in Hiran's murder case.