Antilia bomb- Hiran murder case: NIA arrests ex-cop and Shiv Sena leader Pradeep Sharma
The agency conducted a raid at former encounter specialist's residence in suburban Andheri in connection with its probe into the Antilia' bomb scare case and Mansukh Hiran's murder
Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday arrested former encounter specialist' police officer and Shiv Sena leader Pradeep Sharma in connection with its probe into the Antilia' bomb scare case and Mansukh Hiran's murder.
This development comes after NIA conducted a raid at Sharma's residence in suburban Andheri in Mumbai early morning. Pradeep Foundation was also raided earlier today.
Regarded as the 'encounter king of Mumbai' for eliminating more than 300 criminals, former Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma’s house is located in JB Nagar in Andheri west and was raided around 6 am, an official said.
According to sources, Sharma was also questioned by the NIA team in connection with the case.
Roads leading to the building, where Sharma lives, were cordoned off by the central security forces and public movement in the area has been restricted.
The NIA team, including Superintendent of Police Vikram Khalate, had arrived at Sharma’s residence along with the armed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel at 6:30 am.
After getting the information about the raid, the Mumbai police also deployed its personnel at the spot.
The NIA had quizzed Pradeep Sharma in April over his series of meetings with Sachin Waze, the then head of Crime Branch's Criminal Intelligence Unit. Waze is currently in custody on the charges of planting an explosive-laden SUV near Antilia, the multi-storey residence of top industrialist Mukesh Ambani in South Mumbai, on February 25. He is also said to be involved in the murder of the SUV owner and Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran.
A Scorpio car having as many as 20 gelatin sticks was found near 'Antilia', Ambani's multi-storey residence in South Mumbai, on February 25. Police had said it had been stolen from Airoli-Mulund Bridge on February 18. The Crime Branch of Mumbai investigating the case had recorded the statement of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran, who was in possession of the vehicle.
Mansukh Hiran, who was in possession of the vehicle, was found dead at a Mumbra creek on March 5.
The two linked cases, earlier being probed by Maharashtra Police, were later taken over by the NIA.
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