The wife of Mansukh Hiren, the owner of the vehicle found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence, has mentioned in her complaint that Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze killed her husband.
Police had on 25 February recovered 20 gelatin sticks and a threat letter addressed to the Ambani family from the car, a Scorpio. Days later, the police fished out the body of Hiren from the Mumbra creek in Thane. The case has now with the NIA.
In the FIR, Vimala Hiren narrated the entire sequence of events till 5 March when her husband’s body was found.
Vimala said Mansukh Hiren, an auto parts dealer, was in possession of the Scorpio car for three years and it originally belonged to one Peter Newton. She said Hiren gave the car to Vaze, a regular client, in November last year.
“On 5 February, Vaze sent the car to our shop with a complaint of stiff steering. On 17 February, Hiren left for Mumbai in the car. However, the steering jammed and he parked the car near Mulund toll plaza. The next day, the car could not be found,” she said.
She said that Hiren filed a complaint with the Vikhroli police. “On 25 February, when the Scorpio was found near Ambani’s residence, the ATS Vikhroli unit questioned my husband. My husband identified the car and informed them about the theft complaint and showed copy of the FIR,” Vimala said.
She mentioned that her husband was with Vaze, known as an ‘encounter specialist’, on 27, 28 February and 2 March. “On 2 March, Hiren informed me that, as asked by Vaze, he submitted a complaint about harassment by police and media to the Chief Minister, Home Minister and Police Commissioner of Thane and Mumbai. However, when I asked my husband whether he was tortured by cops, he denied,” she said in her complaint.
Hiran’s wife claimed in her statement that her husband told her that Vaze had asked him to get himself arrested and he would ensure his bail in a few days. “On 4 March, Mansukh told me to speak to a lawyer for anticipatory bail as he might be arrested. But, the lawyer said anticipatory bail will not be accepted as Mansukh is not an accused,” Vimala said.
Vimala said she saw her husband for the last time on 4 March when he went to meet a police officer named Tawde from Kandivali crime branch for guidance. On 5 March, Hiren’s body was fished out from the Mumbra creek in Thane. Thane police said at least five handkerchiefs were tied around his face when Hiren’s body was found.
“My husband was a good swimmer and he cannot drown. His belongings like phone, gold chain, wallet were not found. Looking at the entire situation, I am sure he was murdered and I suspect that Vaze has killed him,” she said in her complaint.