In another development in the Mansukh Hiren death case in Maharashtra, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on 28 March took Sachin Vaze to the bridge over Mithi river in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. Vaze is accused of destroying the evidence in the Mithi river.
Upon reaching the Mithi river spot, the NIA team discharged cleaning personnel in the muddy waters to search for evidence. The team has recovered a computer CPU, number plate of a vehicle, DVR hard disk and other items from the river.
The NIA team is video-graphing the entire probe activities in the river. A team of 11 divers is involved. At around 3.15 minutes, the NIA team came to the Mithi River with Sachin Vaze.
Reports said that the CPU recovered from the Mithi river resemble those found in government offices. So far, a total of 11 items have been recovered from the river.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad has accused him of being involved in the death of Mansukh Hiran, a Thane-based businessman, who owned the vehicle in which the explosives were found.
This afternoon, divers recovered a series of objects from the river — including a CPU, two number plates that read MH20FP 1539, and a hard drive. The investigators are yet to disclose how the objects are linked to the case.
On 25 March, the NIA had told a special court that Sachin Vaze had a considerable amount unexplained of ammunition in his house. Sixty-two bullets have been found in his house, which are unaccounted for.
“Only 5 of the 30 bullets given for his service revolver have been found. The accused is not telling where the rest went,” the agency had said.
Investigators have said that Vaze and Mansukh Hiran had met on 17 February, when the cop was handed Vaze the keys to the SUV.
Later, Mansukh Hiran had claimed the vehicle was stolen.
Hiran, a 45-year-old auto parts dealer, was found dead near a creek near Mumbai on March 5. He was reported missing a few days before that.
The investigators said they have taken blood samples of the accused for DNA test.