NIA team probing the Antilia case in Mumbai is conducting raids at the house of former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma today. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday morning arrested former encounter specialist police officer Pradeep in Mumbai’s suburban Andheri in connection with the investigation into the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiren with explosives found in a vehicle near the house of veteran industrialist Mukesh Ambani. Raid on Sharma’s house.
An official said that the NIA team along with CRPF personnel raided the house of Pradeep Sharma (Antilia bomb scare case and Mansukh Hiran murder) located in JB Nagar in Andheri West at around 6 am. According to sources, the NIA team is also questioning Sharma in connection with the case.
The roads leading to the building where Sharma lives were cordoned off by central security forces and movement of people in the area was restricted. After receiving information about the raid, the Mumbai Police has also deployed its personnel at the spot.
Earlier, the NIA had questioned Sharma for two days at its office in south Mumbai in connection with the probe. The central probe agency had earlier arrested former police officers Sachin Waje, Riyazuddin Qazi, Sunil Mane, former police constable Vinayak Shinde and cricket bookie Naresh Gaur for their involvement in the case.
He had recently arrested Santosh Shelar and Anand Jadhav in this connection. The NIA said that the two men were allegedly involved in a conspiracy to park the SUV in which the explosive material was kept near the residence of businessman Mukesh Ambani.
The SUV was found parked near Ambani’s South Mumbai residence Antilia on February 25 this year. Explosives were kept in the vehicle. The owner of this vehicle, Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiren, was found dead in Mumbai Creek on March 5. Earlier both these cases were being investigated by the Maharashtra Police, but later they were handed over to the NIA.
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