Antilia bomb scare probe: Found 62 bullets from Sachin Vaze's house, says NIA

Sachin Vaze, suspended Mumbai cop, who was arrested in Anitilia bomb scare case, had unexplained ammunition in his premises, said National Investigation Agency (NIA).

NIA said that he should be further questioned in this regard. Meanwhile, Vaze's NIA custody has been extended till April 3.

He was earlier produced before the NIA court on Thursday.

As reported by NDTV, NIA sleuths said the investigation revealed that 62 bullets were found from Vaze's house which are unaccounted for. The investigators said that only 5 of the 30 bullets given for his service revolver have been found. "Vaze is not telling where the rest went," they said.

NIA sources said, "Reports that one of the crime* intelligence unit (CIU) colleagues of Vaze has been made an approver in the Antilia bomb scare case is not true. The decision of making someone an approver can only be taken at later stages after the charge sheet."

"Vaze has told NIA that he planted the explosives (outside Antilia) as he wanted to become a super cop by solving this case successfully as its Investigation Officer. NIA is verifying his claim of the motive," NIA sources added.

Vaze, however, claimed that he is being made a scapegoat in the case.

Mansukh Hiren is suspected to have handed over the keys of the vehicle to police officer Sachin Vaze on February 17 during a meeting at Mumbai's Fort area says a report. Hiren was the owner of the Scorpio car which was found filled with explosived Mukesh Ambani's house Antilia.

As per NDTV report, Mansukh Hiran had left his Scorpio car on the Vikhroli Highway on February 17. A CCTV footage of the same evening of around 8.25 pm from the Fort area shows the businessman crossing a road and getting into a black Mercedes waiting at the signal with its hazard lights on.

According to investigators, the car was being driven by Sachin Vaze and they suspect that during their meeting Hiren handed over the keys of Scorpio to him.

In his claims, Mansukh Hiren had said that he had parked his Scorpio on the highway in the Vikhroli area of central Mumbai and hired a taxi to reach Crawford Market in south Mumbai. The next day, he realised that his SUV was stolen.

On March 4, the Scorpio was found abandoned on Carmichael Road, around one km away from Antilia. Later, A bomb disposal squad found 20 gelatin sticks in it, and a letter addressed to the Reliance chairman and Nita Ambani, while Mansukh Hiren, 45, who was also an auto parts dealer, was found dead near a creek near Mumbai on March 5.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terror squad, which was investigating the matter, has claimed that Sachin Vaze was the key conspirator of Mansukh Hiren's death. Sachin Vaze today approached before the NIA court.

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