Ambani security threat case has a Tihar connect

The Mumbai police traced the cellphone, through which the threatening Telegram message was created, to Tihar area of New Delhi

An explosive-laden SUV was found outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence on February 25. | PTI Photo

The Mumbai police have sourced the Telegram channel, through which an outfit named Jaish-ul-Hind had taken responsibility for placing an explosives-laden car outside business magnate Mukesh Ambani’s house, to Tihar area of Delhi.

A senior official of the Mumbai police said the Delhi police have been intimated on the same.

On February 25, the police found a Mahindra Scorpio with gelatin sticks parked outside ‘Antilia’, the multi-storey house of Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai.

Mumbai police said the Telegram messaging app was created on February 26, a day after the SUV was spotted, and the message was posted on the Telegram messaging app on February 27. The sender of the message also sought money in the form of cryptocurrency and gave a link to the same.

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The police, however, found the link as “not available”, which made them suspect it could be a mischief.

A day later, i.e. on February 28, Jaish-ul-Hind sent another message on social media announcing that it had nothing to do with the ‘Antilla’ incident.

The case was initially probed by Mumbai Crime Branch. After the mysterious death of auto dealer Mansukh Hiran, who owned the SUV that was found parked outside Ambani’s house, the case was handed over to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

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A day later, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case related to the recovery of the explosives-laden vehicle.