On Monday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took suspended police officer Sachin Vaze to South Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to recreate the incident captured in the CCTV footage where Vaze was boarding a train to Thane at 7 pm on 4th March, the day of the murder of Mansukh Hiren.
Hiren was the owner of the explosives-laden SUV which was found outside the residence of Mukesh Ambani. On 5th March, he was found dead in a creek. The car had been stolen from Hiren just days before it was discovered on 25th February outside Antilla.
Vaze was taken by the NIA to Thane’s Kalwa railway station and then to CST, and after that, he was brought back to the Mumbai office of NIA. To recreate the scene, Vaze was asked to walk on platform no. 4 to compare his movements to the man seen in the CCTV footage. In CST, the whole process took an hour. NIA officials also took witnesses, the Railway Protection Force, and forensic experts.
For an hour, NIA also took Vaze to Thane’s Mumbra creek, where the body of Hiren was found on 5th March. On 13th March, Vaze was arrested and till 7th April, he will be in the NIA custody for his alleged role in Mansukh Hiren’s death and his alleged involvement or connection in the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare case.
Till now, 8 cars linked to Vaze have been recovered by the NIA. Last week, from the Mithi river, the agency also sought multiple fake registration number plates, currency counting machines, Rs 5,00,000 in cash, clothes, a few bags, etc from some vehicles.