Mumbai: A team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday afternoon conducted searches at the office of PS Foundation in Andheri. The said NGO is run by former Mumbai Police encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma. The agency officials refused to divulge what was found during the search.
According to the sources, the searches began around 3 pm. The officials carried out searches after some crucial information related to their probe surfaced following the questioning of the accused in their custody.
Sharma, Satish Mothkuri and Manish Soni were arrested by the NIA on June 15. All the three accused were produced before a special court, and were remanded to the agency’s custody till June 28.
The NIA, during their investigation had found that on March 4, 2021, dismissed police officers Sachin Vaze and Sunil Mane had handed over Hiran to Mothkuri, Soni, and two previously arrested accused Santosh Shelar and Anand Jadhav. The accused allegedly had smothered him inside a vehicle and the very next day Hiran’s body was found near Mumbra creek.
An explosives-laden SUV was found near Industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house near Carmichael Road on February 25. Hiran, a Thane-based businessman, had claimed that he was in possession of the SUV, but the vehicle had been stolen before its recovery near Antilia, Ambani's multi-storey residence. Hiran's body was found in a creek in Mumbra on March 5.
The Maharashtra ATS which was earlier probing the murder of Hiran had arrested bookie Naresh Gor and convicted police constable Vinayak Shinde in the murder case. Their custody were later handed over to NIA after Hiran murder probe was taken over by the central agency.
NIA had earlier arrested former police officers Sachin Waze, Riyazuddin Kazi, Sunil Mane, former police constable Vinayak Shinde and cricket bookie Naresh Gour for their alleged involvement in the case. Interestingly, Vinayak Shinde, who has been arrested by the NIA in the present case, was also convicted in the Lakhanbhaiya fake encounter case.