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NIA Chargesheet on Antilia Bomb Scare Case

NIA Chargesheet on Antilia Bomb Scare Case

The NIA Chargesheet in the Ambani threat case addressed a key question that has the investigators puzzled: Why did the main accused -- dismissed officer API Sachin Waze -- return to the crime scene two hours after allegedly parking an SUV with gelatin sticks (explosives) and a threat letter? 

The chargesheet revealed-- according to the statement of a prosecution witness-- that the reason Waze returned was that he feared that he had allegedly forgotten his police ID in the SUV. 

The key witness in the case, a colleague of Waze, was misled by him into tailing the SUV driven by another accused as an official CIU assignment. The CCTV footage showed the SUV parked on Carmicheal Road at 2.10 AM, outside Antilia on February 25th. The footage also showed a man in a kurta, with a face mask, return to the spot at 4.30 AM and peep inside the car.

According to the witness’s statement, the two left Waze’s residence in a Scorpio and an Innova at 1.10 AM. After they crossed the Mulund toll booth, Waze switched places with his colleague to drive the Innova in Chembur. When the colleague inquired Waze about the destination, he informed him that they were on a ‘secret’ CIU operation. 

After they reached Carmicheal road-- according to the statement-- Waze sat in the Scorpio for 5 minutes, then exited the car from the left side and walked towards the Innova parked behind it. During the drive back in the Innova, Waze informed the colleague that he was unable to find his Mumbai Police ID Card. “He asked me to look for it in the dashboard of the car but the card was nowhere to be found,” the statement read.

After the duo reached Waze’s residence at 3.40 AM, he asked the colleague to wait as he looked for the ID. Waze returned after a while to inform the colleague that he most probably forgot his ID card in the SUV. The charge sheet, however, does not offer clarity on whether Waze was able to find his ID card or not.

The charge sheet also mentioned that the reason behind Waze’s action was him ‘being incarcerated’ for a long time and wanting to ‘regain the clout of an ace detective/encounter specialist.’

According to the statements of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) and traffic police officials, Waze was seen lurking around the SUV in plain clothes.

The NIA submitted the chargesheet on Friday against the 10 accused, which includes Waze and retired ACP Pradeep Sharma, for the bomb threat; and the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, owner of the SUV who reported it’s theft. 

The NIA Chargesheet in the Ambani threat case addressed a key question that has the investigators puzzled: Why did the main accused -- dismissed officer API Sachin Waze -- return to the crime scene two hours after allegedly parking an SUV with gelatin sticks (explosives) and a threat letter? 

The chargesheet revealed-- according to the statement of a prosecution witness-- that the reason Waze returned was that he feared that he had allegedly forgotten his police ID in the SUV. 

The key witness in the case, a colleague of Waze, was misled by him into tailing the SUV driven by another accused as an official CIU assignment. The CCTV footage showed the SUV parked on Carmicheal Road at 2.10 AM, outside Antilia on February 25th. The footage also showed a man in a kurta, with a face mask, return to the spot at 4.30 AM and peep inside the car.

According to the witness’s statement, the two left Waze’s residence in a Scorpio and an Innova at 1.10 AM. After they crossed the Mulund toll booth, Waze switched places with his colleague to drive the Innova in Chembur. When the colleague inquired Waze about the destination, he informed him that they were on a ‘secret’ CIU operation. 

After they reached Carmicheal road-- according to the statement-- Waze sat in the Scorpio for 5 minutes, then exited the car from the left side and walked towards the Innova parked behind it. During the drive back in the Innova, Waze informed the colleague that he was unable to find his Mumbai Police ID Card. “He asked me to look for it in the dashboard of the car but the card was nowhere to be found,” the statement read.

After the duo reached Waze’s residence at 3.40 AM, he asked the colleague to wait as he looked for the ID. Waze returned after a while to inform the colleague that he most probably forgot his ID card in the SUV. The charge sheet, however, does not offer clarity on whether Waze was able to find his ID card or not.

The charge sheet also mentioned that the reason behind Waze’s action was him ‘being incarcerated’ for a long time and wanting to ‘regain the clout of an ace detective/encounter specialist.’

According to the statements of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) and traffic police officials, Waze was seen lurking around the SUV in plain clothes.

The NIA submitted the chargesheet on Friday against the 10 accused, which includes Waze and retired ACP Pradeep Sharma, for the bomb threat; and the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, owner of the SUV who reported it’s theft.