Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh handed over Hiren Mansukh’s death probe from Mumbai Crime Branch to the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). In between, BJP requested the Centre to have the National Investigation Agency (NIA) take over the inquiry, mentioning a possible terror angle. Opposition leader Narayan Rane has also demanded President’s Rule in the state given the reason of poor law and order.
In the meantime, BJP leader Ashish Shelar criticized and questioned the Shiv Sena-led government about the encounter specialist’s presence at the post-mortem of Mansukh. He also claimed that the ATS officer which is probing the case is neither a part of Thane police nor the ATS.
Answering the constant outbreaks of opposition Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said bringing out the truth in the mysterious death of Mansukh, whose Scorpio vehicle was used to keep explosives near Ambani’s residence, is important for the “image” and “prestige” of the Maharashtra government. He also said the opposition should keep patience and let the investigation come out with the realities but It is wrong to politicize his death and put the government in the wharf.
On the other hand, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Sandeep Deshpande demanded that a sitting judge should be appointed to carry out the investigation.
A police official from Thane told the media that Mansukh had left his shop around 8.30 pm on Thursday in an autorickshaw and since then his phone was switched off. His family members had lodged a missing person’s report on Friday morning after he did not return home and a case was registered at Naupada police station.
By that time, a body was found at Mumbra and it was later confirmed that the deceased was Mansukh. The post-mortem was done at a civic-run hospital in Thane’s Kalwa on Saturday and his mobile phone is yet to be recovered, informed an official.
Mansukh was born in 1977 in Thane and was working in an automobile and spare parts company. An unknown car found near Ambani House Antila revealed that the car belonged to him and he also admitted to the police that the car belonged to him. But the reason behind his death is still unknown.